The next player contrived blackjack philosophy that we all need to pay no mind to is the one about requesting a “No Mid-Shoe Entry” sign.
We can look at this as being similar to how a third bad player at the blackjack table can make or break the dealer. You know that superstition that the third base player can ruin the game but taking the dealer’s bust card.
And what have I said about that superstition?
That it means nothing. That the third base player does not have that much influence on the dealer. Because if he did then casinos would pay someone to play that chair and keep player winnings in check.
So now we’ll apply that reasoning to requesting a “No Mid-Shoe Entry” sign.
By requesting such a sign, a player is trying to make the order of the cards concrete. But that would only work if he could also control when and for how many cards other players hit.
The truth is that there is no way to control exactly how the cards are going to flow. And it’s useless to try to find away to control it. You might was well try to find a way to control how the sun rises and sets.
The thing to remember is that if the cards are flowing badly, then adding another player could possibly change that. Yes, it could also work the other way too. But the point is that there is no way to control the order of the cards in blackjack. And certainly a “No Mid-Shoe Entry” sign won’t make a difference.
The best that you can do is to play blackjack to the best of your ability using your blackjack strategy. This means accepting the cards as they come to you. If you don’t like how they’re flowing you can always leave the game and find another table or take a break.
Keep an eye out for Blackjack Philosophy No-No’s—Part III