I am wondering if anyone has had a bad experience with a shill at the blackjack tables? They were used in the old days to fill up empty tables, and thus, attract players. However, I also think the casinos use them to break up the rhythm of a player on a hot streak. I say this because whenever I used to do well at a table, some player would come to the table and change the rhythm of the cards. I know this might sound hokey to the mathematically-inclined counters and those who use the "wonging" technique, although I do believe that each shoe, especially the 6 & 8 deckers, do indeed have a rhythm of their own.
But the shills seem to know how to sabotage a winning player's rhythm through a variety of strategies, such as unnecessarily taking a dealer's bust card by hitting a stiff, in much the same way that the casinos will change dealers, bring in fresh cards, do a check change, or bring in a pit boss to provide the heat. In short, anything to break up your rhythm.
Do shills exist or am I paranoid? Your insights will be appreciated.