HOW AND WHERE IT BEGAN- Part 4
by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker
Ralph Stricker has been a successful professional blackjack player for many years. He is the developer of the Silver Fox Card Counting system and author of "Silver Fox Blackjack System—You Can Count On It." Note: This is the system that BJI contributing writer Barfarkel uses and mentions in his BJI trip reports.
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It felt good to be back with my team and they were all excited about the concealed computers. I demonstrated it first with a hand keyboard so they could see how the numbers were inputted and the sequence, which consisted of single, double, three, and four numbers. There were three members of the team who I felt were fast, and had the ability to be extremely accurate. The old saying of "garbage in, garbage out" certainly applied in this case. The team members whom I selected were fitted with shoes, the switches were inserted and adjusted so that they were able to walk without any tell tale signs of having this device on their person.
After about a month’s practice I felt that we were ready to make a practice run in a casino. Since I lived only about 20 miles from Atlantic City, it made sense to initially play there, because if there were any problems, it wouldn’t take long to go back to my house and do any adjusting. We picked a casino where we could play for small amounts of money and proceeded to go to work. I would act as the BP and have one of the operators call me with a pre-arranged signal to come to the table. The first shoe went well and I was comfortable with the "operator" so I decided to play another shoe. I asked to have a spot saved so I could go to the rest room while the operator tracked the shoe. After approximately three rounds of play, I was signaled to come back to the table. The results were not very good and I suspected that the operator was having a problem. I signaled an "end of play" and we went back to my house to discuss the issue.
I decided to check the operator’s inputs by dealing a shoe (I had a BJ table in my home). I also decided to count mentally to verify the accuracy of the operator. There is a signal that the computer gives to the operator that "aborts" the process; it is the computer’s way of telling you that you have made a mistake. He had received the signal that he was off in his information to the computer. I said to him, "Did you have this problem at the casino?", and he responded, "Yes."
I told him he should have given the signal to quit and not waited for me to pull the play. We figured out what the problem was: the switches in one of the shoes did not have enough space for his big toe to move without hitting the switch accidentally. We adjusted the shoe and the switches, practiced for three more days, and decided that it was time to make a bigger play.
I went to one of the casinos with one operator, and two other team members went with another operator to another casino...
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