If you are considering becoming a professional card counter and earning your living at the blackjack tables, mastering the art of camouflage betting is a must. Savvy card counters use camouflage betting to disguise the fact that they are counting cards. You will soon come to realize that your livelihood depends upon you not being caught by the casinos.
Camouflage betting was designed to counteract one of the most serious mistakes made by blackjack professionals. This mistake is a failure to understand the proper mechanics of betting while card counting in order to elude the scrutiny of casino security. Camouflage betting is part of card counting just as the following: Edge Sorting, Hole Carding, Shuffle Tracking, Wonging in Blackjack, Team Play, Betting Spread, & Risk Of Ruin. So you will be around reading for a while!
What is Camouflage Betting?
It is exactly what the name implies, betting in such a way that the real nature of your betting is hidden. Let’s explain the concept in simpler terms.
Whenever you count cards at the casino the goal is to raise your bets to the max when the count is high, and keep them at a minimum while the count is low. You could sit at the blackjack table for a very long time just waiting for the count to increase. While you wait you will be betting the table minimum. As soon as the count hits that magical range of +5, +6, or higher, your bets have to be increased to take advantage of the count. This is very important so write it down: card counting is worthless if you are not betting the most money when the count is high.
Here’s the problem. If you have been sitting at the table and betting the minimum for two hours straight, raising your bet all of a sudden will raise red flags from the Tropicana to the Taj Mahal! Casino operators are not stupid. They know that a sudden raise in your bet amounts is one of the tell-tale signs of card counting. Congratulations! You just became a red dot on the casino’s radar.
The way a player bets is one of the most telling signals about whether or not that player is counting cards. Camouflage betting is a way of altering your bets that will make you look like a recreational player.
Why use Camouflage Betting?
Here’s the deal, and learn it well. The casinos don’t need hard evidence to ban you for card counting. They only need to suspect you. The reason for this is that casinos are private property. Think of it like this. If someone comes to you house and you suspect that they are stealing things you have the right to kick them out on the spot. You might be wrong about them but that doesn’t matter. You don’t need to haul them into court and call witnesses to kick them out of your house because it is your house.
It is the same way in a casino. The casino considers you to be a guest, and as the owner of the house they have a right to kick you out whenever they feel like it. If you don’t believe us, listen to the story of a sad incident that we witnessed at a United States casino. A lady had been playing slot machines all night long. Throughout the evening the casino had no problem giving her drink after drink for free until she was plowed. As soon as the lady lost all of her money the casino had security remove her from the casino and basically threw her out the front door. But they didn’t stop there. They called the local police who arrived and arrested the lady for public intoxication.
Many card counters have been treated the exact same way. This is the reason you should learn how to effectively use camouflage betting.
How to Camouflage Bet
The key to successfully hiding, or camouflaging, your bet is to make it look like you are just out for a good time at the casino. The best way to learn how to do this is to spend some time walking around the blackjack pit and looking at the people playing blackjack for fun. They are easy to spot. Watch how they bet and then copy them when you are counting cards.
Recreational bettors frequently do these things while betting:
If you will adopt some of the same practices, the casino is more likely to think you are a recreational player instead of a professional.
Here is one method of camouflage betting you will only find on Counting Edge. It has been used successfully by one of our experienced card counters. It is called the Law of Averages Camouflage.
While you are waiting for the count to get high you will be betting the minimum.
Add in the following cycle to your bet:
Whenever you execute one of the above variations, casually say, “The law of averages says I have to win sometime!” or “I think this next hand is a loser….I need to bet small.”
Now, don’t be overly dramatic about the process. You aren’t trying to win an Academy Award. The key is to use the variations above, in random order, to prevent anyone from thinking you are betting the minimum until the count gets high.
The bottom line is to eliminate any appearance of a pattern. Whatever variations you use, you must use them in a random way. Mix them up. Doing this will make you a master of camouflage betting. I also suggest you click here to read about betting spread.