How to Count Cards without Being Detected

How to Count Cards without Being Detected


Beating Casino presents: How to Count Cards
without Being Detected
blackjack players know that casinos frown
on counting cards and will ask those players
to stay away from their blackjack games if
they suspect those players are too skilled.
Sometimes, they’ll even ask the players
to leave their casino and never return.
Counting cards is not that hard at all and
anyone can master this skill with enough practice.
Yet, the casinos will look for those counters
using their surveillance systems, including
the eye in the sky, which is the camera located
above the blackjack tables.
So, how can you still count cards in blackjack
without being caught?
In this video, we will share with you some
tips and tricks on counting cards without
getting caught, but the irony is, that if
you’re too good at counting cards, you’ll
eventually get caught.
So, let’s begin
Get Really Good at Counting Cards
The eye in the sky isn’t going to spot you
moving your lips while you’re counting cards.
It’s also not going to see how furrowed
your brow gets when you’re concentrating.
It won’t even see how closely you’re watching
the cards as they come off the deck.
But your problem is the dealer, because he’ll
notice all of that and more, and if the dealer
doesn’t notice it, then the pit boss might.
What you should do, is practice counting enough
at home that you’re able to maintain an
accurate count without doing any of the gestures
we’ve just mentioned.
You should, in fact, look like you’re completely
relaxed and enjoying the game.
It’s even better if you look like you’re
only half paying attention.
A good advice for new card counters is to
practice at the kitchen table until you are
able to count through an entire deck accurately,
one card at a time.
Then move up to 2 cards at a time.
Once you get really fast, turn the radio on
while you’re counting.
Then, turn both the radio and the television
on while you’re counting.
If you have kids, give them some toys to play
with, the ones that make noise, and encourage
them to play on the kitchen floor while you
count through a deck.
Your goal is to be able to count cards and
at the same time maintain a relaxed, calm
exterior.
The only way to count cards without looking
like you’re counting cards is to practice
and over-practice until it really is effortless.
Change Where and When You Play
In his book, Sklansky Talks Blackjack, David
Sklansky suggests limiting your play at any
given casino to a 45 minutes to one-hour session
at most.
But there’s more to covering your tracks
than that.
You should also never play at the same casino
2 days in a row.
You should preferably keep a gap of 2 days
or so between your visits at a specific casino.
Most casinos are open 24 hours.
There’s a day shift, a night shift, and
a graveyard shift.
If you decide to go to the same casino 3 times,
you should go there during each of those shifts
at least once.
This alone will go a long way toward avoiding
detection because you won’t be there long
enough in order to be noticed.
Watch the Sizes of Your Bet
You’ll find plenty of advice about how to
range your bets from 1 to 4 units or from
1 to 6 units based on the count, and that’s
great, but that’s also one of the easiest
ways to get caught.
The dealers often know how to count cards
and the pit bosses almost always know how
to count cards.
That is why they will recognize when a player
raises his bet according to the count.
You should play the role of a superstitious
gambler who increases the size of his bet
when he’s feeling hot.
This means doubling the size of your bet after
a win.
You can even double it again after a second
win if the count makes it a smart move.
If the count is positive, but you just lost
a hand, don’t raise the size of your bet
and don’t be so accurate about raising the
size of your bet based on the count.
You can even mention that you want to capitalize
on your hot streak.
Most card counters aren’t superstitious,
and the casinos know this.
Tip the dealers and waitresses
Most card counters don’t tip because it
interferes with their already low edge.
But, if you can remain profitable by occasionally
placing a bet on behalf of the dealer, you
can look like less of a card counter.
Never just throw the dealer a tip.
Always wait until the deck is positive, then
place a second bet on behalf of the dealer.
Not only will the dealer make more money if
you win, but he’ll also benefit from the
count being positive.
A blackjack pays off 3 to 2 on a bet you’ve
made on his behalf, too.
You might also enjoy a cocktail or two from
the cocktail waitress.
Not everyone can handle their liquor well
enough to count cards while they’ve been
drinking, but for most people, this is a matter
of practicing and over-practicing.
When you enjoy the cocktails, be sure to tip
the waitress.
You can start off with a large tip for the
dealer and a large tip for the waitress.
Then, scale back on future tips.
For example, you can tip a cocktail waitress
with $5 the first time she brings you a drink
and then scale back to the usual dollar or
two.
This will gain you a sort of camouflage for
your advantage play.
Don’t Sit at Third Base and Don’t Wear
a Cap
Casinos know that card counters are more likely
to sit at third base and also that they’re
more likely to wear a ballcap.
If you’re sitting at third base, you get
to see more cards before playing your hand.
If you’re one of those card counters who
adjusts his basic strategy decisions based
on the count, you’ll have more information
with which to make your decisions.
With a lot of players at the table, this can
make a significant difference in your edge.
Also, card counters often wear ballcaps as
part of their disguises, but since it’s
such a common thing, it’s more of a tell
than anything else.
If you do want some sort of disguise, experiment
by growing your beard or a mustache or by
shaving your beard or mustache.
You can also try shaving your head or letting
your hair grow long.
Dyeing your hair is also an option.
If you have recognizable tattoos on your arms,
wear long sleeves.
If you don’t have tattoos, consider getting
temporary tattoos as part of your disguise.
Also, try different color schemes with your
clothes.
Dress up or dress down.
Consider wearing cowboy clothes or dressing
like a biker.
You can disguise your looks in any of a hundred
different ways.
Just remember not to wear a ballcap.
On the other hand, a cowboy hat is an option
you can consider.
Make Some Basic Strategy Mistakes
This is probably the only time not follow
basic strategy, which is more than encouraged
during blackjack play.
Here are some examples to basic strategy mistakes
you should do during your play:
Stand anytime you have a 16 vs a dealer 10.
Never hit a soft 18 when the dealer has a
9, 10, or ace showing.
Always take insurance.
Not only do these not cost you much in terms
of expectation, but if the count is positive,
these plays actually make better sense than
the standard basic strategy.
Keep in mind, though, that deviations from
basic strategy that aren’t related to the
count hurt your expectation.
This has two effects.
It increases your volatility, making it more
likely that you’ll lose money in a given
session, week, month, or season.
It reduces your return on investment.
To count cards, you need a bankroll.
If you can’t see a return on investment
better than you’d get through most investment
vehicles, you’re better off investing your
money.
Work with a Team
If you’ve seen the movie 21, you’re probably
at least superficially aware of how a blackjack
team works.
You share a common bankroll, but you also
share in the profits.
One way they avoid detection is to having
several players sit down at several different
tables, one per table.
These players play perfect basic strategy
and flat-bet the minimum at each table, but
they count cards while they’re playing.
When the count is really high at one of the
tables, they signal the “big player.”
That player comes in during the shoe while
the count is high and places a large bet or
a series of large bets.
Other blackjack teams might use spotters who
watch the action from behind the table.
Since they have no money in action, they don’t
lose any money while they’re counting.
How you signal the big player is up to you
and your team, but Kevin Blackwood suggests
verbal signals rather than hand gestures.
That is because gestures are recorded.
However, with enough attention, even the most
subtle gestures can eventually be detected.
In the long run, that’s bad news for a card
counting team.
You have several choices for how to handle
the financing of such a team.
You might have one big investor who also plays
as the big player, or you might have several
investors, each of whom contributes to the
team’s overall bankroll.
These investors might or might not actually
play on the team.
It’s customary when dealing with a gambling
team that has an investor to split the profits
50/50 between the players and the investors.
The biggest advantage of forming a blackjack
team is the ability to increase the amount
of money you can put into action.
With a positive expectation, this corresponds
to an increase in the amount of winnings during
a given session or series of sessions.
When you’re part of a blackjack team, you
get to enjoy some of that camaraderie along
with an edge over the house, which is an intoxicating
combination, for sure.
If you decide to go this route, it’s important
to meet with your team and write down the
expectations of the team and its members.
Someone needs to manage the team and the accounts.
The role that each member plays should be
clear to everyone.
You also need to decide as a group on some
of the playing decisions that face you in
the casino.
How long will sessions last?
Does the team ever tip the dealer and so on.
The best approach to managing a blackjack
team is to treat it as a business.
If you have no stomach for operating a small
business, a blackjack team probably isn’t
the way to go.
Conclusion
A major concern for every card counter in
blackjack is to avoid getting caught.
If you get barred from enough casinos, you
can’t make any money from blackjack.
Like mentioning earlier, tipping is one way
to camouflage your advantage play, but tipping
also subtracts from your expected value.
Making basic strategy mistakes on purpose
is another way to provide cover, but that
has a cost also.
So, perhaps the best way to avoid being detected
as a card counter is to adopt a simple hit-and-run
strategy where you just don’t play blackjack
at any one table at any one casino long enough
to be detected.
Playing for 45 minutes at a single casino
3 times a week is a great strategy and plan
in order to avoid being detected as a card
counter.
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