Q-In evaluating a player is it all about bet spread and its correlation to the count?
A-Yes it is, if you fit the profile!
Q-Like does a counter who appears all jokey,here for a laugh,having good fun with the dealers and ploppies last longer than a counter who is silent.
A-Yes, such a player will last longer, because he has ventured somewhat out of the �Card Counter� profile. If you read the last Blackjack Forum, you will note that in the �top 21 signs of a card counter� article, all 21 have one element in common; counters are a serious bunch and do not appear to be on vacation, they are in the casinos to make money. This shows in their countenance, mannerisms, and overall playing style.
Q-I mean i try to do the just another ploppy havin fun thing but sometimes i think "how can they not realise i am counting".
A-If your �act� is unconvincing to you, you can bet that it will seem stiff and rehearsed to both the floor people and surveillance. You have stumbled on a very good point that even many pros have failed to notice. Magicians practice their moves in front of mirrors for hours and hours until they, themselves, are convinced by their sleight of hand move. Only then will they perform such a move in public or for others.
Oddball, you�re on the right track.