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Bringing Down the House
‘Advantage players’ use guile and gumption to beat
casinos at their own games
Eliot Jacobson uses an odd metaphor when talking
about the typical gambler. He compares the average casino customer with
the Hispaniola islanders who were not able to see Christopher Columbus’
ships when they arrived at the New World in 1492.
"The point is the islanders were familiar only with
small boats and canoes. They had never seen anything like those large
ships," Jacobson explains. "It was the shaman who knew how to think
differently and could look out to sea and point out the ships."
Jacobson, a Santa Barbara, Calif., management
consultant as well as a skilled card counter, compares "advantage
players"–casinos customers who have a strong chance of winning–with the
15th century shaman medicine man who knew how to think outside the box.
Author of The Blackjack Zone: Lessons at Winning
at BlackJack and Life, Jacobson has highly specialized casino
skills. He excels at one game. But, Jacobson explains, there are other
advantage players who are much more open-minded when it comes to beating
"Advantage players look for opportunities in casinos," Jacobson says. "Every game has the potential for opportunity.
It might be that a roulette wheel is defective. A good advantage player
will exploit these opportunities."
entire article at:
Las Vegas Mercury
2004 Online Casino News Archive