I was reading in John May's "Get the Edge at Blackjack" about 'card eating'. This is where when the count is negative to bet minimum but multiple hands to 'eat' up the small cards. His example, was a high rolling flat bettor teamed with a low bettor. When the count went negative, the high roller would play the same flat bet and the low bettor would play multiple hands. It seems to provide good cover, but does it works?
He also wrote that when the count is high and the player converts to playing multiple hands that this dilutes some of the player's advantage. The reason is now the player is running thru the high cards. But doesn't playing multiple hands, which are favorable to the player, against the dealer one hand, which is unfavorable to the house, have a better advantage?
So, it made me think on this strategy. I betting 10 units on 1 hand after the shuffle. The count goes negative(I know the answer is 'Leave the Table!'), I drop to 2 hands of 2 units(4 units total). It stay negative, I put out a 1 unit bet on a third hand(5 units total). Now it goes positive because I have 'ate' the small cards, so I pull down my extra hands and up my single hand to 10+ units(base on count). Does this play have any merit? Would the house detect this similiarly reverse play?