A good blackjack story would sure be nice. Any takers? Fiction, non-fiction it doesn't matter.
A short time ago I was playing at a table when an elderly lady led an ederly man to the talbe. His wife basicly dropped him off, then she was on her way. He sat down, and announced he was vision-impaired, and asked the dealer to call out hand totals. He bought in, and had his green pile, and red pile separated. He played pretty good BS, and seemed to just play a positive progression betting pattern that did not correlate with the count. He was very pleasant to play with, and tipped the dealer liberally.
Now this guy was obviously vision impaired, but it got me to wondering...has anyone had the gonads to try this for an act?
Yes, I have the gonads to try this as my "disguise", but I don't have the NEED to use it.
Although it sounds promising, I think the "extra" attention you will get from the pit just because they are curious and watchin you a little closer because you are different will out-weigh any advantage you are gaining by 'throwing-them-off-the-trail'.
I find that a good "I'm-a-tourist" style loud shirt and a lot of small talk combat the pit better than anything else. Hell, I've had the pit critters giving me advice on how to play my hands after much "sucking-up".
Just my 2-cents.
I watch the board always, but post VERY few responses. I just felt like this one needed it.
Walk in with a white cane and dark glasses and a companion who tells me what the dealer and I both have. It would take some practice to pull this off though. Lots of practice builds gonads. I could just see it now: Good looking blonde walks by and I accidently look at her and smile. oops.
I once played in a Blackjack tournament with a player who was blind. Everyone at our table agreed that we would modify the rules a bit to allow the dealer to announce his hand total and the dealers up card. We also agreed to one extra chip count before the last betting round and a verbal announcement of each players bets on the last round. Other than that, he played as normal. He ended up winning our table and finished 3rd overall.
I played about 32 hours this last weekend. Way too much for the sleep I got. Should have quit sooner, but nothing else to do. Bad pen on 6 D also. Other casinos were too far. Was some good brutal practice though. Lost a lot of big bet 2 card 20's and had a lot of pushes on BJ. Was unbelievable! Ended up $247 ahead. Think I shoulda just sung some karaoke. Oh well, 247 is better than -247. ;-) Maybe we'll meet at the tables someday.