AN INTRODUCTION TO TEAM PLAY
By The GameMaster
Every month, I'll be posting an article which will, I hope, make you a better Blackjack player. Naturally, the question follows: Just who am I to say I can make you a better player? My background in Blackjack began in Atlantic City in 1978 where I learned, by attending a four-session school, how to count cards. That led to considerable involvement with Blackjack teams and travel to a lot of places to take the casinos' money. After the liberal rules in Atlantic City were dumped by the casinos, my Blackjack-playing days went dormant for some time. I'd do the occasional trip to Reno or Las Vegas, but it wasn't until casino gaming came to Missouri in 1994 that I got back into Blackjack with both feet. Now I live close to 5 casinos, can play as much as I want and can tell you - with first-hand experience - how to win at Blackjack. My Website iswww.gamemasteronline.com
What I'll cover this time are some of the advantages and disadvantages of team play, particularly from a beginner's point of view, like you, the counter, and a few friends who do not count. I can honestly say that in my personal experience, the most $$$ I ever made at the game came from team play. If you really want to "kill" the casinos, team play at Blackjack is a great way to do it.
We have to keep in mind the fact that most casinos are aware, at least in a general sense, of how BJ teams operate and many have taken steps to try and defeat these teams. But in reality, all theyíre able to do is cut a good teamís hourly earnings somewhat; thereís very little they can do to stop a well-trained, experienced team from winning in the long run, short of identifying who the team members are and then subsequently barring them from the premises. Sure, they can catch the "amateur" team and teams with known counters on them, but if youíll follow my advice through this series, thereís very little chance youíll get barred unless you really screw up.
By the way, all of what Iíll talk about here is legal in U.S. casinos, but I cannot say thatís true for every casino in the world; I just donít know, so guide yourself accordingly. Yes, a U.S.-based casino might throw you out, but Iím not aware of anyone who has ever been successfully prosecuted in a court of law for what Iím going to teach you. Now, if youíre playing in Russia or some other country I cannot guarantee that this is true. My disclaimer: Those who act on this advice do so at their own risk.
The primary advantage of team play is...
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