Many card counting trainees and lower limit card counters have yet to experience the dreaded “backoff.” I remember how proud and excited I was when I finally got backed off for the first time. I still asked for a comp and remember bragging to the bartender making my milkshake that “I got asked to stop playing because I’m too good at blackjack.”
During the filming of “Holy Rollers,” they wanted to get undercover footage of a casino backoff, so I made sure to make that happen. I went into a local dive known for quick backoffs, used my real name, and spread my bet from $5 to 3 spots of $200. I even wore my Church Team t-shirt. Since I’m a well known advantage player in Seattle, it didn’t take long. BUT, I was incredibly fortunate to get the casino manager to sit down and have an entire conversation with me.
My Undercover Casino Backoff
There can be a lot of fear about backoffs, but in countless flat-bettings, barrings, and “tresspassings” in my career, there is usually nothing to fear but fear itself. Remember, you’re a citizen with rights, doing everything within the limits of the law (and casino’s rules). After a while, I even came to the realization that pit bosses and casino managers are usually more nervous than I was during the whole process.
Hopefully this video is valuable. We wanted to let you know what to expect, have some fun showing an undercover casino backoff, and expose the hypocrisy of casinos in the whole process. The same place that shouts “Winning!” in every piece of their advertising won’t let someone play if that player can actually win over time.
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the discussion below (which is now linked to the forum).
Author: Colin Jones