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Blackjack psychology

Blackjack psychology



There are several ways to stay at the casino tables even when you’re doing well and suspected of card counting.

There are several ways to stay at the casino tables even when you’re doing well and suspected of card counting.



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    • Psychology of the Blackjack Table
    • New PsychologyIn his books, Turning the Tables on Las Vegas, and Burningthe Tables in Las Vegas, Ian Andersen offers us a newpsychology for casino behavior. Andersen says that themore adversarial stance taken by most blackjack players isa mistake, and ends up working against them. Andersenoffers us a more personable strategy based on findingcommon ground with the dealer.
    • New PsychologyAndersen makes a point of befriending both dealers and pitbosses. He is also emphatic about coming across as humble andeven feigning ignorance of the game. “A complete paradigmshift” is needed, Andersen says – calling for a more consideredand more nuanced response to the house, one based onstrategic alliances that are sub-conscious, subtle, and aware ofthe range of dynamics in the casino–player interaction.
    • New PsychologyIn contrast to Andersen, some psychologists recommend amore stealthy approach. Dealers, pit bosses and casinos aremore likely to remember someone who stands out rather thansomeone less conspicuous, they say. It could range from theway you hold your cards to the kinds of clothes that you wear.This school of thought recommends blending in as much aspossible, staying in the shadows so that no one notices youmore than anyone else in the casino.
    • New PsychologyThe goal here is to become an everyman, to avoid anything thatdistinguishes you from the crowd. It even applies to the kindsof play that you make. Sometimes, even when you know youshould play in one particular direction, the psychology ofplaying stealth says to be aware of your game holistically –attentive to the value of not drawing undue attention toyourself even if it means making an intentionally boneheadedplay.
    • New PsychologyStanford Wong had something to say about the issue with hisidea of ‘wonging’ – that is, entering a table mid shoe at theright time when the table is hot and ready for the highestwagers. Wong said he would sometimes fake an outstandingyet controllable feature like a speech or physical impediment.If he won big and casino personnel were alerted to hispresence, Wong would merely return in the future without theimpediment, making recognition by the pit bosses and dealerstricky and ambiguous.
    • New PsychologyIf you’re going to try wong the tables, though, you can’tbe too obvious about it, because casinos will invariably bewatching you watching the table and take careful of allyour moves and movements thereafter. Some advisepretending to look as though you’re impatiently waitingfor someone by frequently glancing down at your watchwith a stern, irritated expression on your face.
    • New Psychology Or you could pretend to be watching sport on the many television screens that casinos tend to have. Another option is to team up with an equally inconspicuous partner and feign having an in-depth conversation in the middle of the floor when in reality you’re both watching different tables and waiting for the moment to step in a bet big.
    • Blackjack PsychologyIf you’re good enough at blackjack toactually need these strategies, youshould pick one that fits yourpersonality type the best. Comingacross as naturally as possible, givingthe illusion of ignorance, and playingfor the long-run, can end up nettingyou a tidy amount before the casinoeven realizes what has hit them Please feel free to distribute and republish this document providing that all links contained herein remain in tact ©Crazy Vegas Casino 2011