Sorry, but I don't agree. I might not be a "ground-breaker" since Uston and others have already been through the court system in multiple states, and produced legal decisions that counting is not cheating. So I feel safe today doing what I do, by standing on the shoulders of those that went long before me and who +were+ willing to risk all back then for advantage play.
Today I'm more than willing to apply my counting skills in a casino, and have been doing so for several years, although I am certainly not a purple-chipper, and have only been a black chipper twice that I can recall...
I don't think it is a requirement that to be called an "advantage player", one must take exceptional risks with being locked up for years based on the whim of a jury.
No, I'm not the same type of "advantage player" that had to survive the back-roomings, the trips into the desert where there were no returns, privacy invasion, broken fingers, etc. If that's a requirement, then perhaps I'm "out".
I have a pretty good sense of the difference between "cheating" and "advantage play". At the present, I'm fairly sure that skillful dice tossing is not cheating, since the casino requires that you toss the things to play the game, and so long as you don't physically alter them, proving cheating will be extremely difficult. But, by the same token, I'm not willing to put my career, my job, and my family at risk by taking an unnecessary chance.
I call myself a "specialized advantage player." I'm specializing in BJ only, for the time being. For those of you that tackle every casino game, you certainly have my respect and admiration. If I have to take chances that have potentially dire consequences to earn your respect, I probably never will. Whether that is important or not, I'm not the right person to say...
I have nothing bad to say about Stanford. I admire what he has done. And if he can do what he says with dice, more power to him. I simply don't want to take that kind of chance myself, not that I have ever made a single bet on the craps table anyway, as I have not. So don't take me as one of those "kooks" that inhabit here, rge21, ap.com, and tend to engage more in insults and infighting than anything else. I have no ulterior motive, no agenda, other than the classic AP agenda of taking as much money from the casino coffers as I possibly can, given my skill level, betting level, and playing time. :)
In reading/posting at the three major BJ web sites, I find it hard to discern who is good, who is bad, and who is nuts, other than by the answers I get to my questions. Don S. has taken lots of time to answer my questions even when I repeatedly do not understand a detail. Ouchez has done the same. Bigplayer has answered questions I have asked. Rather than naming all the good interactions I have had, I'll just say most have been friendly and helpful. What's with the apparent factions that hate each other I don't know. I hate to see people that I respect behave as I have seen them behave, but that's beyond my control.
If I don't "fit in" then I certainly apologize...