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Don't get barred

1 June 2019

A highly skilled blackjack player must know how to avoid getting barred by casinos if they want to continue playing the game.

There are a lot of skilled players who can’t play because they have been identified as card counters. In addition to knowing all the ins and outs of card counting, how to bet, and having the proper bankroll, a player must know how to keep from being barred.

Once you have been marked as a counter at blackjack, you’ll have your picture taken along with a description of your play that will be sent to casinos all around the country. In effect, you will no longer be allowed to play your game.

A while back I give you eight tips to help you avoid getting recognized as a counter. Here are some additional tips:

1. Don’t jump your bets (i.e., $5, $5, $5, then $50). Wait until your bet wins then let the total ride if the count is plus.

2. Don’t move your lips while counting. (When practicing counting, hold a long pencil in you lips to insure you are not moving your lips.)

3. Don’t move your head while following the cards as they are being dealt. Sit in a seat the gives a direct visual perspective of the whole table.

4. When playing against a shoe, quit at the end of the shoe if your last bet was a large one.

5. Never leave the square in front of you empty. Be sure you always have a bet up in the square.

6. Tip the dealer by placing a wage for him/her if you are wining and the count is plus. (Most counters are taught not to tip. I tip after getting a blackjack.)

7. Be alert when the pit bosses are nowhere in sight. Remember the eye in the sky is always watching.

8. Don’t talk at the table unless necessary, then be brief and polite.

9. SMILE! Don’t look glum or too serious while playing, you may alert management.

10. Don’t drink alcohol while you play, but have some kind of drink in front of you. (Ginger ale looks good.)

11. Don’t tell other players how to play their hand.

12. Consider making a bad play when management is watching (i.e., stand on soft 17 vs dealers 7, 8, 9).

You are trying to fit in. You want to appear as everyone else around you, a typical tourist out to do a little gaming and have some fun doing it. These tips will aid you in giving that impression.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• In the early '90s, mathematics professor Edward O. Thorp of MIT (Author of Beat The Dealer) traveled to Nevada to try out his blackjack system. He had a $10,000 bankroll (supplied by two high rollers); in 30 hours of playing 21, his bankroll built to $21,000.

• Around 50 years ago, the average casino in Las Vegas had about 200 slot machines, and 20 table games, including bingo, keno, craps, roulette, blackjack, baccarat and the big-6-wheel, were the popular games.

• In the late stages of WWII, Germany’s need for copper became acute and the state turned to Monte Carlo Casino's heavy coppered roof. Fortunately, the German commander of Monaco had visited Monte Carlo as a young boy and had become captivated by its charm. He ruled the casino was an “art treasure” and by his dictum the building was saved.

• The largest Megabucks jackpot ever won in Las Vegas was $39.7 million dollars. The Excalibur Hotel and Casino had the hot machine in March of 2003. The jackpot winner was a 25-year-old man that was visiting Las Vegas for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He was lucky enough to turn his $100-dollar investment into an overwhelming $1.5 million dollars a year for the next 25 years.

• In East Asia, jade is a symbol of power. Casino employees in that part of the world who deal directly to customers are not allowed to wear any jade jewelry.

• The candles on slot machines (the glass tubes on top of the machines) come in different colors to distinguish the coin denomination needed to play. The colors are almost standard throughout the gaming industry:

.01¢ = White
.05¢ = Red
.25¢ = Yellow
.50¢ = Gold
$1 = Blue
$5 = Purple

• At one time, under Roman law, games of chance played for money were forbidden under the penalty of a fine fixed at four times the value of the stakes.

• In San Francisco during the California gold rush a self-appointed vigilante, Curtis Greeves, offered to cure habitual gamblers by plunging their hands into a bucket of red-hot coals he carried from saloon to saloon. He did get one taker, who painfully lost the use of his right hand.

• During the French revolution, because the court cards smacked of royalism, the kings, queens and jacks were removed from the standard deck of cards and were replaced with “nature” (kings), “liberty” (queens) and “virtue” (jacks). The hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds were changed to “peace,” “war,” “art” and “commerce.”

• In the 1830s over 1,500 professional gamblers made their living on the riverboats between New Orleans and Louisville.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel