It has come to the attention of the LVHCM that the poster "Bootlegger" continues to harbor a bizarre jealousy towards those who make their living playing the game. Is this because his own lack of knowledge might hurt his upcoming book sales? Let's take a look, shall we?
In a prior post, "Bootlegger" states:
Like a bunch of precocious nine-year olds ...
... who just found out where babies come from, they think they have the secret to life and they
are the only ones who know it. They are just itching to show off their knowledge, but they are
not quite sure how to do it without looking stupid, so they content themselves with making fun
of others who they believe aren't in possession of their "secret." One would hope that with age
and experience they will eventually discover that they are not as unique as they seem to believe
they are and that they have spent a great deal of time making fools out of themselves, but one
What are these great "secrets" "Bootlegger" constantly speaks of? Holecarding? Steering? Ace location? Next card information? As any pro knows, these methods have been around for years, and have been mentioned in literature for at least 20 years. Might I point out to this great bastion of advantage play knowledge that knowing about these techniques is one thing, implementing them quite another.
The poster "Bootlegger" goes on to state that his idol Stanford Wong has been "using these techniques for years". However, in an interview with Robert V. Lux, Wong answers a question put to him by the interviewer thusly:
7) You are considered one of the greatest blackjack players on earth. I presume you have read most of the valuable books on blackjack, available on today�s market. You probably have reached a top level of your play. Do you believe you�ve attain a level, a climax, or do you suppose you, yet, may improve your game and bring it to an even higher level?
�I probably was a top-level player at one time, but I have not kept my playing skills up to date. I do not, for example, know how to shuffle track or locate aces. I could bring my game to a higher level if I wanted to, but I�d rather devote my time to managing my business and my websites, and to creating new material.
Perhaps the reader gets a more profound view of the "Bootlegger" pedigree as he himself answers a question put to him over at rec.gambling.blackjack
Message 5 in thread
From: Bootlegger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Re: amazed? at red chippers
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There's the difference. To me, being barred means the whole nine yards,
including trespassed. However, I do know one fellow (so help me) who
spreads big and gets away with it on a regular basis. I have witnessed
his act and it is very very good. I have personally watched him spread
from $10 to $200 at a single deck table at a downtown club in Las Vegas
and the pit was all over him, in a very positive way, catering to his
every desire. He has been getting away with this act for years. I
couldn't reproduce it if I tried for a thousand years.
As for me, I'm just a lowly red chipper. The biggest bet you would
normally see me make is 2X$60. If they ever get around to barring me,
God help us. Then your predictions would have come true. The gravy days
of blackjack will be over.
Ah, now I get it, it's obvious with his fountain of knowledge, along with his massive betting level, this "lowly red chipper" should be lecturing pros on how to play.