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Team Play – How to Enlist Members

Posted by blackjackguru on February 1, 2010

The BJ-TeamOne of the most fun and profitable activities to partake in Advantage Play blackjack is joining a blackjack team. It’s fun because of the social aspects of being part of a team. Profitable because of the increased hourly win rate that a team can accomplish.

How to find members

This is going to be a function of your personality. If you are a natural leader, you will be on the lookout for others in your favorite “store” that have demonstrated skills in beating the game. How you approach that other AP is up to you. I recommend:

1. Approach them OUTSIDE the casino, never in view of personnel.

2. Mention some aspect of her play that you noticed, indicating something that only an AP would know.

3. If the AP does not give herself away as a skilled player, you can either pursue it out of respect, or drop it. I’m the type to keep at it until I get results. In one instance, it took 45 minutes of chatting at a bar with one guy I suspected of being an AP, and “going around the mulberry bush” before one AP finally confessed of his skills…and he was VERY GOOD at what he did.

4. Ask for their email address. Once you have communicated by email for a while, you will get to know the level of their skill and the degree to which they are willing to share information with you.

Strength and Honor

A member with strong skills is only one leg. The other leg is a matter of Character. Elements of Trust, Honesty, Integrity, Discipline, must also factor into your decision to bring her into your team. Here, your “spider sense” must be fully engaged. Weakness in Character will wipe out any strength in Skill. As B.A. said, “I pity the fool who does not consider Character”.

1. Does the AP demonstrate aspects of responsibility in society?

2. Does the AP demonstrate personal discipline?

3. Does the AP demonstrate willingness to share – information, table opportunity, the running count, books, bag of tricks, etc?

4. Are there signs of weakness that may be “red flags” in their Character?

In life, you can choose your friends, your spouse, and your Blackjack Team Partners. Choose wisely, and you’ll “love it when your plan comes together”.

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