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By The Suit

I have dealt everywhere from the "Sweat Houses" to the clubs owned by the "Good Old Boys." In Old Las Vegas, you HAD to know game protection before you got promoted to the floor. I spent the last 14 years as Floor Supervisor, Pit Manager, Director of a Gaming School, Back Up Shift Manager, and Shift Manager. I’ve trained dealers, Floor Supervisors and Pit Managers. Needless to say, I have experienced gaming from all positions in Table Games and have told some of the BEST advantage players in the world that they could not play. I will give you tips on how to avoid getting the dreaded "Tap on the Shoulder."

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What are the major responsibilities of a floor supervisor (FS)?

Are FS trained in card counting and if so by whom?

What are the tell tale signs that you looked for if you think a blackjack player might be counting?

Do casinos still ‘backroom" counters?

How much leeway does a floor supervisor (FS) have in giving a player comps?

Is it true that a player’s comp will be the greater of 25-40% of his theoretical loss or 10% of his actual loss?

What typical actions does a FS take if they enough evidence that a player is counting?

How much does a FS earn?

Are dealer’s trained to count and then shuffle up when the player has the advantage?

I tend to be a "low spreader", both for longevity and due to bankroll limitations.  However, "Heat" seems to be coming quicker and quicker.  Typically, I spread 2:1 SD, 4:1 DD, and 6:1 on 6D, though often "double" this by going back-and-forth from 1 to 2 hands.  Is the "multi-hand play" by signal?

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