THE DEATH OF A CARD COUNTER
By Vinny DeCarlo
Vincent DeCarlo is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, surveillance and he even served as a General Manager for two different casinos. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. According to Vinny DeCarlo, there are two types of casino employee people; those that know DeCarlo, and those that claim to know DeCarlo, so, never believe what you hear.
So there you are, grinding away, heads up on a decent game with better than average penetration with a dealer giving you hundreds of decisions per hour.
The floor people are oblivious to your bet spreads. Life is good, or so you think. Youíve over looked the obvious! Someone is watching you, Surveillance!
Even though we know that most surveillance observers/agents are hired with no experience and get little if any real training other than Title 31 rules (see my previous article), there are some smart surveillance agents out there that know the "counters" criteria. The following are the typical mistakes that 90% of all counters make (yes, this includes you too, Einstein). Though these errors may seem minor to you as a professional or amateur card counter, to the trained surveillance agent they are the equivalent of a player wearing an M.I.T. T-shirt with the basic strategy grid silk screened on the back. In other words, it sticks out really bad. I will jump through these top 20 mistakes, which Iíve written in a simple format, and then Iíll get into some of the bigger no-noís...
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