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Cutoffs (Not the kind Daisy Duke wore!)
(Sorry. A ham-handed attempt at humor!)
You didn't say what they did with the "cutoffs", which are the cards behind the cut card, that are cut out of play in each shoe. That can make a very big difference.
When The Bishop (He's 'Da Man!) wrote "Blackbelt In Blackjack", shuffles with "plugged" cutoffs were often considered to almost be an insurmountable hurdle for trackers. I think he refers the affect plugging has as "contamination". He shows how you can play small "uncontaminated" areas of plugged shuffles, but if memory serves, he considered the largest portions of plugged shuffles to be mostly unexploitable. (I hope I am remembering this right!)
My point is that if it turns out your casino "plugs", don't let that totally scare you off. Most of human knowledge evolves, and tracking is no exception. These days, a number of house shuffles with "plugged" cutoffs can still be tracked, but not generally by a beginning tracker. (Just being honest, here.)
The way to advance past being a beginning tracker, is to become a experienced one, which will come with time, practice, and maybe a little talent.
A word of caution: Remember when you first started trying to learn to count and it probably seemed really hard, but got easier with practice? Its the same with tracking, no matter what level you eventually end up at.
Also, I personally cannot advise that you put any additional money at risk (beyond regular counting) until the slugs of high cards are coming out fairly regularly (in real casino play) where you think they will. Regardless of whether you are winning or losing hands, that count should be dropping significantly, if you are really doing it right.
Let us know how it goes.
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