I made my first trip to Las Vegas a year and a half ago. For the trip, I spent some time learning basic strategy and got to where I could play fairly competent basic strategy. But it wasn’t that much fun for me to randomly increase or decrease my bets. It seemed like, and it was for me during that trip, a losing proposition. I guess I’m not really a “gambler.”
Since then, I’ve spent hundreds of hours self-dealing blackjack hands at home and practicing counting. I have no plan to try and make a lot of money playing blackjack. I enjoy it, and I just want to have some reasonable idea of when to increase or decrease my bets and when to move to advantage strategy plays. Longevity is more important to me than maxing EV, so when I practice I move somewhat gradually from single unit bets to bigger bets so that I’m not necessarily strictly following the count if anyone is counting along with me. Since I’m not putting as much out there when the count is high, I really don’t want to get caught in a six or eight deck shoe where the count has gone south early in the shoe and I’m at a substantial disadvantage waiting for the shuffle. I’m wondering how folks explain or disguise Wonging out within a few minutes of having sat down. (“Should have gone to the head before I sat down”? “This table feels cold”?). How suspicious does it look to leave a table before playing a lot of hands? Are there enough non-counters moving from table to table that it doesn’t attract that much attention, or do you put some time between games, or even move to another casino to avoid attracting attention? Appreciate any insight from those of you who have spent a lot more time in casinos than I have.