Recently had one of those annoying sessions where I was playing a good 6D game and nothing happened. I was at the table for over two-and-a-half hours and had one brief stretch where the count dictated I raise my bet, and that was just to three units.
Shoe after shoe cruised neutral--no volatility. I didn't switch tables because of a belief that eventually we'd have to start seeing some swings.
This table happened to have a Shufflemaster, so I was actually playing two 6D shoes, both caught in a remarkable state of even card distribution. I'm not meaning to bring the SM into the discussion, however. I've had the same thing happen, and am sure others have, when the cards are being hand-shuffled. In fact, I often seek out SMs because of the increase in hands per hour they grant, and don't believe they pose any disadvantage versus hand-shuffling.
Back to my question: Is there any sense in getting up and leaving when shoe after shoe hangs around neutral from beginning to end? My brain was telling me to take a break and find a different table. But then my brain would tell me to stay, the next shoe could zoom positive as easily at my table as at the next.
I've played 6D where the shoe goes way negative one time, then gives a nice stretch of positive counts the next, because the cards have gotten way out of whack, and the shuffles don't seem to change that--or change it slowly. So when shoes are running neutral, can they have a tendency to stay that way for a few hours at a time? Should you try a different table?