Betting Tactics and Chip Schemes
At the casino where you are sitting pretty and playing, if the dealer does not already know you case the deck, you should do everything practicable to hide the fact from him. For the reason that sometimes, the casino personnel may suspect you of casing but may not be sure. Let them remain in doubt.
Obviously, you should not advertise your counting of cards by peering with undue enthusiasm at each one. It is perfectly natural for your casual gaze to wander along following the cards as they are exposed. Be nonchalant. A good poker face can hide the fact that your brain is working intensely.
Except for avoiding obvious giveaways, the most important technique of camouflage is proper betting tactics. The cornerstone of good betting tactics is to make apparently natural variations. There should be no obvious clues to alert the dealer that your larger bets coincide with a favorable deck.
This method other players use is to start with one chip and to continue to bet if the deck remains neutral or becomes unfavorable. Whenever the deck turns favorable, they bet two. The next time, if the deck is still favorable, they bet three or four. Whenever the deck becomes neutral again or unfavorable, they just go back to one chip.
The innocuous appearance of this scheme is very common for a gambler to let a winning bet 'ride', or to 'double-up and catch-up' after losing. This action explains increases from one chip to two and from two to four. It induces no excitement to reduce from a high bet to a minimal one, but it is suspicious to increase from a low bet to a much higher one.
A slightly different scheme can be used, often to greater advantage. Start with two chips after the deck is freshly shuffled. Reduce to one on the next hand unless the deck has turned favorable, but increase to four if it has turned favorable. This pan is especially good at a crowded table. When, say, six or seven players are present, two rounds of hands will usually deplete the deck so much that the dealer will shuffle.
It often is virtually predictable that a dealer will shuffle after the second round. Thus, your opportunities to make four-chip bets in favorable situations will depend on two-chip initial bets if you allow such advice against precipitous increases. The initial two-chip bet is also quite acceptable at an uncrowded table; it is somewhat more aggressive than the initial one-chip bet and eventually will get more money into play. This result, of course, is generally desirable for a winning player if, of course, the large bets are compatible with his capital.