Dear Blackjack Player, My name is Bill, I was a school teacher and was once like you. I bought into the theory that the game could be beaten by counting cards. And BELIEVE ME, I ate, drank and slept blackjack for over five years.
You name it, I mastered it: Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I & II, K-O, Zen Count, Canfield Expert, and others. I spent hours on card counting forums and in online discussion groups, and I found that people only bragged about winnings, but never mentioned their losses.
Sure, I had some big winning days when I celebrated and took my friends out for a night on the town, but my losers always ate away at my profits and eventually put me back UNDER WATER.
I used to spend hours at a table amassing a pretty good stack of chips only to be WIPED OUT by a few bad hands.
I went from one card counting strategy to another, learning to camouflage my betting pattern and changing tables often, but at the end of the year, I was always at a NET LOSS. The pain was so deep inside that often times I felt like I was the unluckiest guy in the whole wide world.
Most of us experience some early success (usually pure luck), but later give it and then some. We end up withdrawing more cash from the ATM machine to chase our losses.
Do you think casinos are upset when the Travel Channel shows an endless cycle of stories about card-counting blackjack teams who took on Vegas and WON?
Not at all. In fact, they love that kind of free publicity. See, for every professional blackjack team grinding out tiny advantages, there are thousands of amateurs either trying to count cards and doing it… Read more…