Since Chapter 19 interested me immediately, it is no wonder that I'm reading it first. I did peruse other parts, but I'm reading this chapter first, from start to finish. Yet, when I came across this topic and read it, I stopped and decided to post this immediately, as some of you who followed the "Richard the Dealer" threads would find this interesting.
A disclaimer: I am posting here on bj21's free page, as a specific topic discussed in chapter 19 on dealer cheating emerged here a short time ago, therefore it's appropriate to comment here.
Some may recall that I was not enamored of Richard, a dealer at the Grand Victoria Casino (in partnership with MBG, and is often a training ground for the Monte Carlo Las Vegas), as he not only gives bad advice (typical for slimy "house" dealers) but then goes on to "explain" how he can cheat card counters.
As it turns out, AS writes about cheating dealers, and in one passage, specifically on how a dealer can control clumps of high cards in a shoe game. A dealer (Richard) for the Grand Victoria in Elgin, Il, (noted above) stated this very process, almost chapter and verse, as if he had the manuscript to Arnold's book. And of course, he wouldn't. But he wouldn't need to, as Arnold explains.
So for those who think that the dealer "Richard" was making this up, well, he now has one of the world's blackjack authorities verifying his ability to cheat.
Hopefully, the Illinois Gaming Commission knows who (Richard) this is.
BTW, all posts by Richard the dealer regarding his method of either "helping" or "hurting" card counters who do or don't toke, seem to have been self-busted, but hopefully, bj21 has kept an archive of them.