THE LOST ART OF THE ACT
by Vinny DeCarlo
Having been in and around the business for many years I can assure you that Iíve seen my share of the good, the bad, and the down right stupid camouflage acts performed in an attempt to increase longevity (longevity + counting + basic strategy + proper deviations = increased E.V.). The train of thought is more than rationale; longer, faster, uninterrupted heads-up play on a fair game (good rules) by an astute player will equal a profit in the long run. Sure, some ugly words like Sigma/SD, risk of ruin, bad sides of the curve, etc., will come in to play and should always be considered and weighed as a cost of doing business. However, in the long run, most experts believe this can be overcome (depending on the game rules).
Now, back to our point; the act of buying the time you need to conquer the "short lived playerís blues."
Imagine if you were a police officer and you just pulled someone over for speeding. What do you think the odds are of you being given some kind of excuse from this "hot footed" driver? Now letís say that you write three speeding tickets a day, five days a week. How many of these speeders would come right out and admit, "Iím sorry officer, you caught me dead in the act." Though no published statistics are available, I would venture to say that less than 1% of speeders confess and accept their ticket with the shame they should feel for having broken the law.
Now, let us convert this analogy to card counting and touch on a few of the so-called "sure fire" acts...
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