Originally Posted by 0desmu1
Besides staying under the radar, what other skills are necessary?
You must be confident. Think positive. It is absolute bizarre and inexplicable but it is amazing how if you go to the table thinking you are going to lose it will happen. Wish I could explain it scientifically but I have seen it a million times.
You must be disciplined. Taking the approach of "Oh wow look at me this is easy Im going to stay all day and win a million dollars" is LOL. You hit, and run. Hit again later. Don't try to sit there and beat them all day. It is a game where you can use variance to your advantage in the short run. Once you are ahead 10 units, for the love of God, just walk away. The dealer would be thrilled to make that in their 8 hour shift.
"Staying under the radar" is actually very very overrated. I can tell you right now even if most places know you are counting they will still welcome your business with open arms. It is when you start really hammering them for ridiculous amounts of money that they will start to consider showing you the door. Don't listen to these stories about "I doubled my 8 against a 6 and was shown the door". Please. Theres almost always far bigger fish to fry.
Good people skills. Be friendly. Talk to the pit boss, talk to the dealer, tip the dealer. Don't sit there like a serious robot. Be loose. Projecting this kind of image works wonders, and is more fun anyway. Who knows, you might be able to get a date out of it with some hot dealer too.
It takes a certain kind of person. You need to be almost completely emotionless.