playing at small casinos
  • If your playing nickels with a 1-8 or 10 spread, do you woory about heat at a casino with 4-6 tables, playing after midnite when its probably going to be very quiet ?
  • golfnut101 said:
    If your playing nickels with a 1-8 or 10 spread, do you woory about heat at a casino with 4-6 tables, playing after midnite when its probably going to be very quiet ?



    Tough call. If you play at the Barbary Coast, which has way more than 4-6 tables, you can get heat just by sitting down and buying in for $500. At the MGM you won't be noticed spreading from $5 to $100. It all depends on the thinking in the pit, the usual level of action they see, and your "act".

    I played at some small places from Laughlin to Vegas and there was no "pattern" at all, you just have to develop a "sixth sense" or else play ultra-cautious. Or play wildly and expect some sessions to end in a backoff or worse...
  • I havent got any heat at the Fitz at Tunica.
  • I'm a new member and I want to say Hello and tell a story that happened last night. I saw a guy who has the biggest balls I seen playing blackjack for some time. Last night I was backcounting a table at Seneca Niagara (8D) and this little old man was betting a single red. Well, after two decks the count was +14 (unbalanced) and he increased his bet to $20. The count continued to stay around this number give or take a few pts. With two decks remaining he increased his bet to $300 and took 3,000 out of the shoe and was immediately approached by two large guys in suits. They took him aside (after he picked up his chips) and was talking to him for about 10 minutes. He was as cool as a cucumber and was laughing all the time. He was escorted out of the casino but he seemed to care less. I thought this was funny the way he handled himself. No way shape or form was he showing them any ID, etc. He just kept laughing at them and left. I'm mad because I was broke and couldn't enter the game, but the show was worth it. He caught two doubles in a row an hit both. I'm sure he has no intentions of returning.
  • I have to agree with SSR on this one. You really have to watch the pit and get a feel for them.Play in Reno and have been bounced from one place,not given a look at others and been watched with a 1-6 spread in other places. Really depends on the pit crew.
  • nc-tom said:
    I have to agree with SSR on this one. You really have to watch the pit and get a feel for them.Play in Reno and have been bounced from one place,not given a look at others and been watched with a 1-6 spread in other places. Really depends on the pit crew.



    The more you know about how that casino operates the clearer your method of play is. Just like sports teams scout the opposition, if you can do the same or with information from reliable sources, your job gets easier.
    Some of the simple examples:

    A place that once had a few decent games hires a new table game manager. You mention to a dealer that you heard about that and ask if he used to be one of the pit bosses here? Answer, no he came from the XYZ Coast. Now you figure the heat level might be higher.

    You enter a California Indian casino. Penetration seems very dealer dependent but dealers are not assigned to the same table for the entire shift, so you plan to go from table to table for good penetration. You mention that there are many familar faces here possibly from Vegas. A dealer tells you where several dealers dealt before. Though it is not a sure thing, you know which dealers are used to cutting a little and which are used to cutting a lot from their past experience.

    Or, you could spend your first period of time in the casino just observing (did not Yogi say something about that). Dealer penetration, speed, hole card exposure, errors, and pit activity. Does the pit actually watch players play. Often many pits are very busy with customer service, counts, fills and just socializing that unless you set off an alarm, they do not know you are there.

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