Tag Archives: Card counting

Eleven Legal Ways to Beat Blackjack that Aren’t Card Counting

Beating the house is what many gamblers go to a casino to do. Unfortunately, the most common method that players attempt is almost certainly doomed to failure. I’m talking about ordinary blackjack card counting. From the sheer difficulty of the method to the hyper-awareness of casino staff to bankroll fluctuations, ordinary blackjack card counting is the last method a player should attempt.

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The Big Bet in Blackjack

A player seated at a blackjack table suddenly places a large bet and the dealer calls out “cheques play!”  The skill level of the player needs to be established.   The usual way to do this is to study the player’s bets and play to determine if he is counting cards.  If so, appropriate actions may be taken against the player.  However, there are many ways to beat blackjack that have nothing to do with card counting.  Among these are shuffle tracking, edge sorting, collusion, card marking and hole-card play.  None of these players will be detected by the usual approach.

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Baccarat Book Reviews

In this video I review several best selling books on baccarat. The books reviewed are:

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How to Identify a Card Counter

One thing I learned from my days as a blackjack card counter is how incredibly easy it was to spot other counters at work. And one thing I learned from my days as a casino consultant is how many involved in table games protection find identifying a card counter to be a profound struggle.

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Beating Baccarat: Card Counting, End Plays and Perfect Play

Over and over there are claims that there are systems to beat baccarat. I’m happy to say it’s true, if by “beating” you mean winning $3.50 every week or so with a bankroll in the millions. The Tie bet is slightly more lucrative, you could win a full meal per week!

From card counting to end-playing the Tie bet to computer- perfect play, there was a lot to explore. Here is a summary of the articles I’ve written on the topic:

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Seven Reasons to NEVER Count Cards

A video presentation of the article by the same name, as it appears on 888Casino.com.

From the article: “The very first thing people think about when the topic of beating casinos comes up is blackjack card counting. The reason is simple – card counting is everywhere in our culture. For example, an Amazon.com search on books written about “blackjack card counting” returns 182 titles. Even more amazing, a Google search on “blackjack card counting” returns 363,000 results.”

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