Originally Posted by SheetWise
Have you read the "SheetWise Guide to Table Selection"?
In a nutshell, in BJ you look at the table -- and if they look lucky you join them. If they're sorry you joined the table, and they express it -- then leave. In craps, you look at the next shooter. If they look lucky, and are betting the front -- then bet the front with them. If the next shooter looks unlucky and is betting the front -- then bet the back. If you're betting the back and winning, throw in a hopping 3-4 for the dealers when you're behind six points. It's all about entertainment.
(when you're gambling
Craps tables with festive, cheering players should always be joined, but usually there is no room
The opposite, however, may be true of blackjack tables.
There was a blackjack thread here regarding whether or not it is +EV to play at an empty table with a half-dealt shoe, and the same counterintuitive logic may apply to one's observing the stacks (and smiles) of the existing players at a BJ table.
Happy players may have just won their money on a shoe that, a few minutes ago, was rich in 10-cards, and now the count may be sufficiently negative that small cards predominate and it is now -EV for you to start playing.
Conversely, an abandoned half-dealt shoe may indicate that (average, non-counting) players gave up after losing money on the first half of the shoe, and therefore a deck rich in 10-cards (and therefore +EV for players) could await.