IMO, one of the best blackjack cheating moves is/was stacking a double down hand from a new deck.
First, it is a 100% winner.
Second, the agent wins twice as much as his/her original bet. To eliminate confusion the agent bets $1,000 then double downs for another $1,000. Instead of winning $1,000 total; he wins $2000.
Third, the play is psychologically perfect. The agent makes it appear this is a one-time shot, which in reality it is. The agent stands, he never sits down. He plays cash. He appears aggravated that he feels compelled to double down. This act convinces the casino employees this player is taking a one time shot.
Fourth, the move is psychologically perfect. In the old days the boss would open games at the start of Swing shift. He would count down the rack, give the dealer a new deck(s) and move to the next table. This was the perfect time for the dealer to stack the double down hand for his agent. Obviously the boss was not watching and neither was the eye in the sky, because there were no players at the game.
Fifth: The heat will be minimal. The casino believes the player took a shot. The win is not big compared to a cooler and it is much easier to do and less risky.
In the old days when games were opened dealers did not "wash" the cards. They were told to give the deck several shuffles. It was during these shuffles that the stack was created. When my agent came to the table I simply retained the stack during the shuffle and marked the place my agent would cut the deck. The rest was all acting.
Historical Note: I came up with this idea and did it under fire. Others might have done this before I did, but I had never heard of anyone doing this.
Read the article in the December 2015 issue about Dustin Marks.
Video about Mucking
Check out a new video about hand mucking: Click to view.
Hand mucking is secretly playing the best two out of three cards. The cheater has an extra card on him and switches it with one of the cards he is dealt. It's hard to explain in print. Watch the video to gain an insight into one of the most skillful moves a cheat can perform.
My new book should be available this autumn (2015). Stay tuned for more details.
To Your Success,
It might seen strange a retired Blackjack Cheat would write about success principles. The reason I was a successful Blackjack Cheat was I followed these principles! I will write about each principle in general terms here and in future blogs explain how I used these principles specifically to cheat the game of Blackjack. These principles are universal. You can use them to achieve any goal that is important to you.
To Your Success,
Author of Cheating at Blackjack, Cheating at Blackjack Squared, and Cheating at Blackjack: The Real Work.