Blackjack newsletter and blackjack strategySubscribe to the Blackjack Insider newsletter

BLACKJACK TOURNAMENT E-BOOKS BY BJI AUTHOR KEN SMITH!
How to Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II... only $14.95. Ken Smith's second e-book on tournament blackjack contains more of his winning strategies that have made him one of the best tournament blackjack players in the world.

Or, purchase both Volume I and Volume II together for $24.95... over 15% off!

NEW! Read how Ken used skill to win a recent blackjack tournament. Get his books and you could too!

How To Win EVEN MORE Blackjack Tournaments - Volume II
(web ads above removed with paid membership. Click here for advertisement rates)

UNINTELLIGENT MEASURES FOR CARD COUNTERS

by Bill Zender

Bill Zender is a former Nevada Gaming Control Agent, a casino owner and operator (Aladdin Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas), professional card counter, and presently a gaming consulting to casinos. During his career, Zender has instructed courses at various colleges and institutions on game protection, card counting, advantage play, and gaming operations. He had written five non-fiction books on gaming including Pai Gow Without Tears, Pai Gow Poker-Understanding Strategy & Procedures, Card Counting for the Casino Executive, How to Detect Casino Cheating in Blackjack, Advantage Play For The Casino Executive, and his new book, Casino-ology (the latter is available in our store, discounted for BJI members. Click here to order and for details).

 

Ever since Dr. Ed Thorpe released his findings on the potential exploitation of the casino game of blackjack in his classic book "Beat the Dealer" (1962), casino executives have been devising methods and techniques to ward-off this overly exaggerated and highly misunderstood threat to their casinoís blackjack bankroll. Following are a list of different techniques that casino executives have been known to use when they suspect, but canít confirm, that one of their customers is counting cards.

Cutting off more cards

This is probably the most common form of card counter counter-measure. When the casino suspects a customer is counting, they may opt to have the dealer move the cut card farther forward in the deck or shoe (i.e. make the penetration less favorable for a card counter). This is accomplished during the shuffle and cut process. I refer to this technique as a "reactionary" tactic. On many occasions Iíve heard a pit or shift manager exclaim, "Letís see what he does once the deck is cut in half." The executive issuing the procedure change understands that fewer cards dealt means less opportunities for a card counter to ply his trade. If the person is truly a card counter, this move will cause a reaction from the counter, such as changing his betting pattern or leaving the game.

Shuffling early

Several casinos Iíve worked for in the past had a system for communicating specific information to the dealer on a table. This signal alerts the dealer that a possible card counter is on their game, and they must immediately "break" the deck or shoe for shuffling. Based on playing or betting patterns, or the fact that the blackjack customer is winning, the floor supervisor would approach the dealer from behind and discretely "kick" the back of the dealerís heel. When the dealer broke the deck to shuffle, the casino executive would look for a reaction from the suspected player. Just like the previously described card counter counter-measure, the executive will expect the alleged card counter to change his betting pattern or terminate play. This is also known as preferential shuffling, and has a number of different applications.

Dealing in "the blind"

Flat betting

Barring a customer from playing blackjack

Note: Weíve added Zenderís new book to our online store. Click here to order and for details.

...enter your member login information below to read this article/newsletter...

Paid Members-Only Article

You have clicked on a link to a Blackjack Insider web page or article for paid subscribers. You must have a paid membership to the Blackjack Insider newsletter to view this content. About 1/2 of the articles in each issue of the Blackjack Insider are for paid members only, while the rest are viewable by everyone. Your purchased membership will allow you to read all Blackjack Insider articles for 12 months.

Enter your user name and password below (they were listed and e-mailed to you after you purchased your Blackjack Insider membership):

User name:
Password: (case sensitive)
Save user name and password in your browser so you don't have to type them again later

Forgot your membership id or password? Click here.

How do I get a membership?

A membership can be purchased online at our secure store with your credit card for only $19.95 per year. You will receive a user name and password immediately by e-mail which you can use to read the all past and future members-only articles for 12 months, as well as the regular free articles.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP NOW... only $19.95

Do I have to buy a membership?

No. Blackjack Insider will continue to be published as a free monthly e-newsletter. But about 1/2 of the articles each month will be for paid members only. Subscribers without a membership can still view and read the non-members articles for free.

What happens after I buy a membership?

Immediately after you complete your purchase, you will receive a unique login user name and password. These are displayed on the final purchase page, and are e-mailed to you. When you click on a members-only article in our web site, you will be prompted for this user name and password (as shown above). Simply enter them, and enjoy the article! Note: make sure you turn on the checkbox above when you login, to save the user name and password so that you don't have to re-enter them every time you view members-only articles.

Why did you switch to paid memberships?

Blackjack Insider is a professional monthly publication with top-notch articles by world-reknown gaming experts. In addition, we have regular reporters that monitor game conditions and tournament schedules throughout North America. We use a partially paid subscriber model to enable us to continue getting the best content for our readers from leading authors on blackjack and gaming.

©2015, DeepNet Technologies. No material to be copied without express permission of DeepNet Technologies.
This site developed by DeepNet Technologies, Ontario, Canada. Contact webmaster @ bjinsider . com if you have problems.
This site is best viewed in a 800x600 graphics mode, or higher.