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Blackjack Playing Conditions
Playing conditions vary from hour to hour, day to day, and casino to casino. The best playing conditions are when the casinos are crowded enough so that you can get lost in the crowd but not so crowded that you cannot move. It would be ideal if each blackjack table had one player. If the tables are too crowded, you cannot get in very many profitable hands per hour. If customers are too few, you are scrutinized carefully because the pit bosses have nothing else to do. If you want to limit your playing hours because of boredom or excessive exposure, then try to play when conditions are best.
If you are playing blackjack full-time, try to hit all shifts. If you are going to play only occasionally then try to arrange your sleeping, eating, and loving in such a manner as to hit the tables when the playing conditions are best. The hard part is forcing yourself to get out of bed. Once you are inside the casino, 3 AM looks just like 3 PM.
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I do not like to have a large pile of chips on the table in front of me. It attracts too much attention from other customers. I buy in for only $100 to $300 at a time. If chips start to pile up in front of me, I stick some in my pocket. But I am not sneaky about it. Sometimes I will ask the dealer to exchange some of mine for chips of a higher denomination, and I explain that I want to put them in my pocket.
Gamblers often remove chips from the table and stash them in pockets or purses. Therefore, doing so will not mark you as a counter.
However, casino people are suspicious of customers who establish credit, take out markers to buy chips, and then exchange chips for cash. If such customers never pay off their markers, they are stealing from the casino. It happens. If you are playing to front money instead of credit, you should not be suspect.
If anyone asks you why you are putting chips aside, you can make up a believable reason.
"My wife husband gets the bonus every time I get a natural." Or, "I found a system that works. Every time 1 win three hands in a row, I put a bet in my pocket."
The cashiers are not using anti-counter tactics reporting this behavior. In some casinos only chips of$100 and larger denominations are called to the pit; at small casinos the attention starts with $5 chips.
The cashier calls the pit to give casino executives a chance to react if something is wrong. It is protection against counterfeit chips, and it is protection against customers who use credit to buy chips and then attempt to convert them to cash instead of paying off their casino debts.
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