Green Chip is not a restricted website - anyone can join as soon as he pays up. (You can be subsequently barred, but that is only for reasons of gross misbehavior, e.g. obsessive trolling. This, however, still doesn't make GC a restricted website.)
If you're after "good information", then you should pay more than what GC charges. It's not that "good info" is non existent in GC but people understandably are much more reluctant to post something on such a wide open site.
So, "good info" about advanced strategy and some deep math insights is available in the restricted area of the BJ Mathematics website. It's free to join but you must come referred. More stringent rules of admission apply in the restricted area of Arnold Snyder's website, Green Belt. GB does have some "good info" about opportunities and casino vulnerabilities, or at least the best info one buy (it's not free to join) outside e-mail exchanges.
What Green Chip really is : a club for the Blackjack community. The club offers entertainment (e.g. non-Gambling) along with very good education about BJ and games of chance in general. We pay those 50 bucks to Stanford in order to keep the club open - and for us to keep coming, if only sometimes to lurk. We appreciate his stewardship of this here internet community and we find the website valuable enough to want to keep it going. But you can't expect someone to run such a big club for free!
Certain people in particular here feel they must promote other sites, to the point of showing poor taste at best. In my view, these people are nothing but sycophants.
I predict the same question will appear here in another week. There are already similarities in posting style between the two recent posts.
People behave better in a virtual community with a little exclusivity - out of that interaction grows real world camraderie, as well as success, and all the trolls in the world will only cause the established communities to grow at a faster rate.
I figure every time a troll posts about the existence of Green Chip, probably 4 or 5 people join just to see what it's about. Therefore, trolls could be responsible for 20% of the annual growth. Gotta love it.
The continuing blackjack discussion on GC is always a new learning experience and it is one of the most sophisticated blackjack discussions on the internet. If you are a player, you can always find gems of knowledge on GC that go beyond the basic ABC's of card counting. For those who are sports bettors or who deal in other aspects of advantage gambling that are not related to blackjack, there are pages for that.
However, one of the most valuable aspects of Green Chip for me and many others who belong is the feeling of community. We enjoy one anothers' company, whether it is confined to the internet or in person at one of the many events, official and unofficial, that Green Chippers have planned over the years. I have made some very good and what I hope to be lifelong friendships with people on GC that I could not have made any other way. That alone was well worth the price of admission.
Just answer that question so that we know whether to take you seriously. If you have a personal problem with people selling products or services for money then simply direct those of your idiology to free areas you like. It is obvious that the amount of money is not an issue. So it must be the principle. I, myself, have no problem with people making money.
If my last paragraph is incorrect, then the alternative is that you have a personal grudge against Stanford Wong. If that is the case then just admit that so that we, again, can dismiss you.
You are not going to convince people that spending what is about half the price of a good book is unwarranted.
The Card Counters Cafe is good, clean of spam and very constructive (not to mention free). I'm sure that it too could have an archives section. Why don't people just move to other sites such as the Card Counters Cafe?
I know what you're getting at. Essentially what SW has done is sell people their own information. Ingenious. But, unlike some embittered souls at the old (still free) rec.gambling.blackjack I don't think this is a bad thing.
You find different info on different forums. GC is good for number-crunching, data and the fine detail of card-counting. You have a question about traditional advantage play and someone will give you an answer, simply because of the volume of traffic. And the archives are excellent.
The CCCafe on the other hand concentrates on newer and more sophisticated forms of advantage player and has a younger and more idealistic set of contributors.
Its just a question of what your priorities are. I don't subscribe to GC anymore, emerging gambling markets in my own country would mean much of the information posted would not be relevant to the type of wagers I make, but it still has a benefit for those who play casino blackjack seriously.
no-one has asked for my assistance in this matter, master psychologist that I am.
If someone is afraid to fork out the price of a cheap hooker, or a dinner for two, or a ride home from the casino in a limo rather than a taxi, then it can only be because he is nervous about his 'beginner status'. If he is hungry for more he will join. If he is befuddled by what goes on on the white pages of course he will hesitate to join.
Some people would rather walk home than not gamble their taxi money.
Don't thibk of it like a porno site, where you've had a perv on the free pages, & feel you have to buy a subscription -not because there is anything better about the non-free pages, but because, after using the free pages you feel like you OWE somebody!
I'm not sure what you are saying at all. I'm neither anti-capitalist nor have a grudge against Stanford Wong. Stanford does have a right to a profit. That is a large part of the process of writing and selling books such as Professional Blackjack etc (Pi Yee Press). However, green chip is different. SW isn't supplying information. We are. Essentially, we are paying for a forum/mesage board and nothing more. My quarrel is that counters don't need to pay for a forum to exchange ideas. There are other forums to accomplish the same goals as green chip. While not a significant price to pay, the low cost itself isn't a satisfactory reason for the forum's existence. I hope you can understand the problems I have.