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The Act

Now we’re set! Well, close anyway. Now we need an act. Why? Well, we want to use everything we can to distract the house from seeing our bets going up and down with the count. We want to look like the “gamblers” at our table. Study them, emulate their language, their superstitions, their body language. Develop your act and make it real. Assume your persona when leaving your room, not at the table. You’re a nut-and-bolt salesman from Topeka in town on business and wanting to get a little action at the tables; you happen to be a tourist from LA there to blow off some stream, take in a few shows. The point is you don’t want to be caught flat-footed when someone asks you a question: “I, uh, well, duh…I’m here, ah, I’m here… on… business – Yeah! That’s it!” The importance of our cover act is directly proportional to the size of our wagering unit: the higher the unit the more cover needed.

Never reveal that you know anything about blackjack other than something like, “I used to do pretty good at the VFW Casino Night. Of course, my friend Bob was dealing…” (if something like this fits your act).

Dress to fit your act. Would a tourist be in a three-piece suit? An attorney at a convention might, but not a guy from Encino who dragged the wife and kids out for a few days of gambling and sight-seeing.

You’ll know you’re on course when you can do everything we’ve talked about so far while speaking to a pit boss about good restaurants.

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