Camouflage as a Blackjack Strategy
Winning Blackjack Players Are Not Welcome
Blackjack card counting has a rich and colourful history. Books have been written on the subject and legends have been made. From the very start, though, as soon as casinos became aware of card counters — due to the publication of Ken Uston's book, "The Big Player" — they have been on the lookout for card-counting teams and life at the blackjack tables became even more challenging for the professional gambler. The card counter had to come up with ingenious ways to get past the eagle-eyed casino owner and his security staff. Camouflage was the name of the game.
What Is Blackjack Camouflage?
Camouflaging Kept the Card Counter Undercover
Teams — like the MIT Blackjack Team — played in such a way that the big bettor — the Big Player — was not the one actually doing the card counting; that was the job of another, less noticeable player. The counter himself would give signals to the big player, indicating when it was time to raise his bet and when it was time to sit back. This system of subterfuge worked for years and there are still teams of blackjack players out there that successfully camouflage their actions in this way.
Card-counting teams have encountered great opposition over the years. Casino owners who fell prey to the teams' wily camouflaging ways hired detective agencies (most notably, the Griffin Agency) to flush out the counters and expose them. And all the while, these brilliant teams were winning at the blackjack tables, using super-sly methods to hide their techniques and their talents.
The Griffin Book — a photo album featuring pictures of suspected card counters — put a damper on the success of these teams, but it didn't stop them. There is simply too much money to be won at the blackjack tables and camouflaging — along with basic blackjack strategy and card counting — is the way to win it.