My feeling about so-called teams is that you would never hear about a truly successful team anymore
as this would defeat the purpose and bring heat.
If mr axelrad was so successful at it, he would still be out there collecting his alleged thousands,
instead of writing a mediocre book about it.
Having played BJ for over 35 years, I have never been part of a team
but I have managed to grind out a long term profit from the game.
It is fairly rare for a large number of shoes to yield a high enough count to make a substantial enough impact on your profit.
You need to play positive running shoes by highly advantageous house rules, at high limits, with a large spread.
Just try doing that anywhere in the world and see how fast you get flat-betted or backed off.
I have no doubt that there are teams of players and certain able individuals who are profiting from certain games,
but it is no where near as common as we have been led to believe.
Sure there were some teams flying in from Santa Monica and playing nice steady games with no real bet spreading... they just signaled Team Leader who would hop from table to table making big bets while team members who did the counting just stayed there and kept up their standard bets.
The team members were proud of their counting skills and patience in not showing any excitement. Casino personnel were not fools. One floorman said to Big Bettor "your friend at table 4 just took his cap off again" which let Big Bettor know the casino knew they were part of a team and also knew what his signal was.
At least in those days, the floormen were not fools.
The real problem is most of those teams were not really winning big at all. They may have claimed to be winning big but it really was not happening all that much.
Too obvious. Some casinos just watched the teams closely and tracked their non-team spending profiles and didn't much care.Quote: MakingBook
Shouldn't they leave the table (bathroom break) and allow the big bettor to play solo? Would this be too obvious to the pit?
easy thing to find. And everybody has to be trusted not to rip off the rest of
team, a really hard thing to find in 5 or 6 people. The job is a shitty grind, you
travel all the time, stay in crappy motels to save money, are always worried
about getting heat and are always getting heat. Axlerad said in an interview
that in his best year he made $110K, big f-ing deal. Thats a year of really hard
work, of being chased by the internet from casino to casino, of erratic swings
in your BR, of living like a bum in Motel 6. Its not worth it to most players, the
few that are qualified to do it.
Added: And that $110K was in 2000, 12 years ago. Its much harder now,
casinos are really sophisticated about catching counters, especially teams.
And that's his best year. Like so many " professional" gamblers, his real winnings came from the advance on the book. 300K if he is to believed ??
I'm skeptical about the $300K. He was not a writer, all he had was
an idea for a book. I thought the book was awful, some thought it was
OK. Its poorly written, disjointed and repetitive. Fully 1/3 of it is his
depressing fall into gambling addiction, not a good read. He's says
a couple times he's not much of a writer, no kidding. Somebody said
its like he used a Thesaurus to make it sound interesting. It didn't
had a side source of income. Married money, inherited a business, etc.
I put bookies in a separate class. Most life a good life, unless the FBI or IRS come calling. Local police are just a necessary expense.
NO MORE & NO LESS...