Open Archive 6
[ Read Responses | Return to the Index ]
[ Previous | Previous in Thread | Next ]
Re: LOOKING FOR KEN FUCHS ABOUT K-O
Posted by Case on 20 August 1999, at 1:40 p.m., in response to LOOKING FOR KEN FUCHS ABOUT K-O, posted by Larry Cage on 16 August 1999, at 4:08 p.m.
I second all that Barfarkel said. I find that singing along with the radio while you're trying to count is an excellent way to increase the difficulty level. If you can do that, you should have much less trouble in the casino.
In addition to all that you said, I think it's worthwhile to start cultivating the habit of never playing when you are not in control of the situation. If you're not sure how many decks are in play, find out--or don't play. If you're not keeping the count because you're tired, don't play. If penetration is bad, don't play. Of course, while you're learning, you'll have to make some exceptions. But I think a good goal is to always be in control. Especially if you're steaming (betting big to win it all back), leave. Now. You're playing poorly. You're not in control. You're setting yourself up to be a loser.
Someone once told me that the finest companies are marked as much by what they decide not to do as by what they decide to do. So with counting. Sometimes, the decision not to play at all is the only right one.
Lastly, realize that you will lose lots of money counting. If you're doing it right, and if you play long enough, you'll win more than you lose, but you can expect to have sustained losing streaks. They may stagger your imagination. You may be tempted to lose heart and give up. Whether or not you continue is your choice, but you should know right now that counting is not a dream road. You are gambling--you're just doing it with an advantage over the house. Sometimes the house will win.
I don't want to sound defeatist. I've won a lot of money counting, I've had a great time, and I love it. But it's not guaranteed, and it's not for people that have to win every time, nor for those that can't handle losing.
So be prepared for the inevitable losses, practice, practice, practice. You can win, but no one said it would be easy!
The Open Archive 6 is maintained with WebBBS 2.24.060398.