Is anyone familiar with www.lasvegasincome.com? Is this guys service worth the kind of investment he asks for or should I just continue to read and practice on my own?
You included the link in your pretend question and also added the URL in the add-your-own-URL spot. You're just advertising. Your site makes you look like a con man. "1K a day!" That's meaningless. You're almost certainly a fraud. Even if you're not, nothing on your site demonstrates you can teach your rubes/students anything they can't learn on bj21.com and on blackjackforumonline.com.
Sorry not my site. I cut and pasted the URL in case people had no idea what I was talking about.
I've been playing BJ about three month's since reading David Sklanski's book "How to Make $100,000 a Year Gambling." I've been using the basic strategy in that book to break even on two trips to Laughlin, Nevada. When I finished that book I ordered some of Wong's books from Amazon. When I ran across that site I mentioned earlier I thought to good to be true. I even contacted the guy. He was pretty smooth and answered all my questions but he is wanting a hell of a lot of cash. Then I read about this site and a lot of people on this board seem to have a lot of experience so I thought I'd ask.
PS On my last trip out I went Stateline and Vegas and tried to count. It was pretty easy when I was only guy at table but I had to revert back to basic strategy every time the table filled up. I did not really understand how to bet my advantage on this trip but I knew that before I went. I just wanted to practice counting in a casino and not lose my shirt. So I ended up $20 after all was said and done so I was happy. But this small win was luck as the last table I played won $250 with only basic strategy.
Practice. When you think you've practiced enough, practice some more. Then, after you're utterly sick of seeing cards either on your computer or your kitchen table, practice again.
The first time I attempted to count cards at the table, I lost the count after a couple of hands. As it happened, I wound up winning a few dollars anyway, but I knew that all the hours I had spent at home practicing weren't enough. So, I practiced some more. And then, I practiced some more again. Finally, I got it right.
It's like learning to ride a bicycle. You'll probably wreck and you may bruise your knees and elbows, but if you stick with it, you'll eventually get the hang of it and once you do, you'll never forget.
Charge people a $1,000 or more to teach them how to play.
You have no risk, you just need people willing to pay you for the lessons. (even if the lessons are worthless or worthwhile but can be gotten on a website or from a book)
At an Indian casino near where I live I have noticed a hustler there who finds people with money to bet the higher limit tables and limited blackjack skills or confidence.
He advises people at the table and if they win he gets a share, in case they lose he has already explained to them that they will not win everytime (but no need to pay me if you lose)
Point is: If there is money out there to be taken by a hustler, one will find that money.
I practiced alone in my room every night for hours when I first turned 21. Hundreds of hands with the radio blaring and the TV turned way up. I could count down a deck at rapid speed. I'd play mistake free every time. Never ever lose the count. It was sick how good I was.
Then I finally played a single deck game at Circus Circus. Everything was a blur. I lost every hand and went running for the poker room.
I got the courage up a few days later and ended up booking a small win on my virgin Vegas trip. I amped up my training tenfold after this. I lived and breathed BJ. I'd always carry a deck with me wherever I went. Sounds pretty crazy but there is no in between with this game. Put your time in and just pound this stuff into your brain. Eventually it becomes second nature.
Sure, practice at home can't hurt, but you can't really duplicate casino conditions at home. I never counted down a deck for speed because that has no bearing at all on playing at a table. Presumably, one would start at a low limit when first counting and dealers at those tables are usually not particularly fast. Even if you encounter a fast dealer, you can change dealers or slow them down yourself. They can't go past you without you making a decision. Practice all you want at home, but the key is to know basic strategy down pat (along with BS deviations) and start at low limit tables.
Good advice with the speed. It's not a race. Control the tempo and make sure you come to the right decision.
However, the great thing with this is it does NOT always go both ways. If the play is too fast for you by all means slow it down. If you are too fast for the dealer there is a good chance they will not back down.
I remember a session years ago where I got a young dealer heads up. She was amazing. I'd say we were getting 250 hands per hour. She had this cocky look to her so I knew whe wouldn't back down. She is moving at warp speed but I was always one step ahead.
It became a game of chicken. I'm motioning with one hand. Scooping up winning bets or reloading with the other. Eventually I wore her down and caught her on a couple of dealer errors. "Too late my friend". She had too much pride to go back and a split second later we're into the next hand.
I think I got 2 smallish sized losing bets incorrectly paid that session. I call this move "Outtoughing the tough guy"