What is Big Player?
The big player is a term commonly used in blackjack to refer to one player in a team of 10. This player’s task is very specific and is key; they must bluff perfectly to win the pot for the nine other members of their team.
Big Player Explained
If a person is the big player for a team of blackjack players, they must know their role and task inside out, because the success of this team depends on them.
While the other nine people in their team are at various tables playing their own separate game of blackjack, the big player must prowl the blackjack pit waiting for a signal from one of their team members. When given, this signal means that the table that specific person was playing at was likely to yield success and a big pay out very soon. This is because the member of the blackjack team stationed at that table had been card counting (or back counting) and had a good idea of the cards still in play. For this reason, he will know the cards left, and know roughly how to win.
When this signal is received, the big player will head to that table, enter the game, and begin play. It is his task to play the tourist, acting as though this is his first time gambling and that he does not know the ins and outs of the game. For this reason, the big player would stake very high wagers and bet a lot of money without detection.
By the time the big player has won thousands for his team, they will have been able to move on to the next casino. It is essential that the big player is highly skilled. They must be excellent at counting cards and bluffing, as well as play their character well. Otherwise, they risk detection and, in doing so, failure.
In more general terms, big player can refer to those players who like to wager with big amounts, enjoy the risk of placing larger bets and who seek out big wins. Commonly, at both land based and online casinos, these players are also known as high rollers or VIP’s. Their status as big players, and dependant on whether they join specific VIP programs, can bring them special bonuses or other rewards.