This Blackjack Pro Still Crushes Vegas Casinos

Some people have the impression that card counting has become too tough, and the average player can’t beat blackjack any longer. But this isn’t the truth according to one card counter, who claims to still be making a good living through the game. Of course, this isn’t to say that it’s easy for the blackjack […]

Some people have the impression that card counting has become too tough, and the average player can’t beat blackjack any longer. But this isn’t the truth according to one card counter, who claims to still be making a good living through the game.

Of course, this isn’t to say that it’s easy for the blackjack pro to win large profits. But “Steve,” who wishes to remain anonymous, is still winning wads of cash in a tougher card-counting climate.

Steve was nice enough to share some of his secrets with Forbes contributor John Navin. This includes how he manages to get past the counter measures that casinos use to deter card counters.

“Well, the casinos have become much more cautious since the 2008 economic crisis. That affected business everywhere and the gaming industry was no exception,” said Steve.

“The top bet allowed at 21 used to be 25,000. Those days are over. Top bet these days is 400 or 500 a hand, more than that and the casino manager is called over and the action pretty much stops. Being the biggest bettor at the table didn’t used to attract quite the attention that it does now.”

When asked where he counts cards, Steve said that he mixes it up between downtown and Strip casinos. He likes to spread his play out and avoid sticking to one place too often.

What Strategy Does This Blackjack Pro Use to Avoid Being Caught?

Steve takes several precautions to avoid being noticed by pit bosses and casino security.

“I never carry with me into the casino more than 5 or 6 thousand dollars. I never play more than 25 to 100 hands,” he explained. “The main thing is to have a system that works and, after that, to eliminate heat. You don’t want to get noticed.”

He added that casinos are more observant when watching card counters ever since the 2008 economic downtown.

“One thing that’s definitely different than pre-2008: they no longer take a lot of time evaluating your play.

“If they think you’re counting, you’re asked to leave — or to feel free to play other games — immediately. They don’t study your play for too long these days.”

No Disguises for This Card Counter – Just Difference Appearances

Card counters are often depicted as wearing various disguises to avoid being spotted by casino personnel. But Steve says that he doesn’t do anything wildly different other than making sure that he doesn’t look the same every time.

“Well, I’m not using disguises, but I change up my appearance regularly. Sometimes I have a beard, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I’m wearing glasses, sometimes I’m not,” he said.

“I try to alter my appearance by wearing different types of outfits, sometimes a suit, sometimes t-shirt and jeans. Since I’m going to 36 different places and each has 3 shifts, it’s relatively easy to change it up.”

The entire interview with Steve the card counter is good, and I suggest that you check it out at Forbes.

 

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