For a long time, casino bosses have been focusing on blackjack card-counters as they consider them with the most advantage in the game. Sadly, they may have been looking at the wrong type of player, say a gambling mathematician.
According to Eliot Jacobson, owner and president of Jacobson Gaming, casino bosses should pay more attention at the "lucky idiot" that always play poorly yet is able to amass huge winnings.
There may be a possibility that the "lucky idiot" is part of a team that use advantage-play techniques which are more profitable than card-counting techniques, and are also more difficult to detect, says Jacobson.
In general, an advantage play provides the player an edge, not the house, in a casino game.
Card counting and advantage play techniques are legal, says Jacobson. Casinos on the other hand try to minimize these so they can protect their profit.
In a typical blackjack game, a skilled counter with a $100 maximum bet can make $22 an hour, Jacobson says. In contrast, the advantage play known as edge-sorting can yield $200 to $2,000 per hour with a $100 maximum bet, says Jacobson.
Advantage-play techniques usually involves team play wherein a "spotter" plays near the table minimum and signals information to the "Big Player," who often sits in the middle of the table and makes large bets.
He says that shuffling methods and other techniques casinos use to thwart advantage players and identifying them proves difficult due to the large number of people who play blackjack poorly.
"A lot of people make crazy bets and play in crazy ways," Jacobson says. "Players seem to be getting even worse at the game over time." Game supervisors see so many bad blackjack moves that "it's hard to pick out the particular bad play that corresponds to some type of advantage play."