Pressing a Bet



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The general term for placing a late bet (after the outcome is already known) is "past-posting". The term is believed to have originated on racetracks, when gamblers would call in their bookies right after a horse has just won the bet. In casinos past-posting is best-suited for roulette because on a busy night there is so much activity at the tables that dealers simply can not pay attention to all the action created by dozens of gamblers eagerly making a series of short-term investments all over the layout.

Past-posting can be done by placing a bet that never existed, or by increasing the amount of an existing bet by adding a chip to an existing stack. The procedure of adding a chip is called "pressing-up" or simply "pressing", which is the exact opposite of "pinching".

Normally, past-posters rely on the natural distractions by other players or the orchestrated distractions by team members. However, for clarity, only one hand of blackjack is dealt on this video clip.

The game is single-deck casino blackjack. The player initially bets 3 black chips ($300). Unknown to the dealer, the player is also hiding a purple chip ($500) under his left hand. The player receives two cards totaling 12 (JS, 2S) and asks for a hit. The hit card (9S) brings the total to 21 and the player indicates that he wishes to stand, by tucking his two cards under his bet (normal casino blackjack procedure). In doing so he secretly grabs the purple chip with his right thumb. The cards provide a natural cover for the secret transfer, and also serve as a guide to transfer the chip under the bet.

In this video the press was executed right after the dealer delivered the hit card. This was done so to compress the maximum amount of action in the minimum amount of time, just for practical purposes of making a demo video. In a real game the press would probably not be done like that because at that moment the dealer would be watching the player too closely. Instead, the cheat may simply decide to press his bet when he happens to catch a 20, which also stands good chances of winning. Alternatively, if the cheat wishes to press a 21 after a hit, he would most likely do so under the pretext of re-checking his hand while the player on third-base is asking for hit cards. The whole timing can easily be orchestrated by a small team, having a new player ask to buy-in at the other side of the table, right at the opportune moment.