In Blackjack Bluebook 2, Renzey lists a betting strategy for the Mentor count. At the beginning of each shuffle he suggests an "off the top" bet of twice the minimum bet. Is this considered just a comouflage bet? Thanks
If the game is a shoe game, I can only imagine that the higher shuffle bet is cover only. However in single deck, it is sometimes advantageous to bet slightly higher than what a zero count would dictate on the first hand after a shuffle. This too is for camo purposes. Basically if the player can/will only raise his bet in the parlay fashion, he will be able to raise higher if the count goes up after the first round.