ceh, eostresh is asking what you called your partner if you worked with one. You know, the mechanic runs up the hand, and deals it to his partner, who takes the money. I think I've heard the term "takeoff man" but I don't think it really matters.
I may be wrong, but the way I read you, seems like you worked single-o.
EDIT: should have read your whole reply, considering you already explained how you worked.
You are correct, 98% of the time, I am work by myself. Not bragging, but it was kinda of hard to find somebody playing on my level. My level consisted of being COMPLETELY STEALTH. Other players didn't have that trait, some didn't care. Also, two are easier to catch than one..
I will tell you this, card machanics did have a UNIVERSAL SIGNAL. This signal applies to all games and all situations. The flat hand palm done meant NO, that could mean don't bet, it meant no. The balled up fist meant "YES", such as raise the pot, stay in the pot, etc..
Like I said, partners make it easier for you to be discovered.
This happened about 30 years ago. I have a couple REAL CLOSE FRIENDS. Okay, those friends know what I can do, and most of the time backed me, and found me games. One of these close friends had a brother who was working with a couple WELL KNOWN BANDS. Every so ofter the brother would call and tell my friend to put me on a plane and send me to where the band was playing. Because on payday, the band, singers and dancers would all play poker..Oh yeah this was real sweet. I was knocking them to their knees and having big fun..
The money would be split 3 ways. The two brothers got 1/3, and I got the 1/3. It got so good, that the brother who was working with the company managing the band, got a me makeshift job so I could travel with the bad. Talk about the wolf traveling with chickens, that is what it was.
Every weekend, I was winning a ton of money, and having fun all week. Nobody was the wiser in teh game. Now, if you noticed, I said the brother was a CLOSE friend, and being a close friend, know what I am doing. Now, the brother that I am with, the one that is taking me around also knows how good I am. He didn't need to do anything. You know he almost got me hurt big time, and messed up the whole thing.
What happen was this. I got full control of the game. That means I am in command, and winning the money in a way that is acceptable to the players. I don't need any help whatsoever! This brother who got me in the game, had the gall to get in the game and try a move!! He was DETECTED RIGHT AWAY, AND everybody put two and two together, although nobody ever saw me do anything, but they knew I was winnning all the time, we got thrown out. No we didn't get hurt, but my cover was blown.
That is what partner would do for you..Now, I always had backers, and people that knew were games were at. But, playing with another player wasn't my cup of tea. Most other players didn't understand the IMPORTANCE OF BEING STEALTH. Most of the time, other players had jobs, if they didn't win, they still going to sleep and eat. This was my job and I know that being stealth, got me the money, and it kept me safe..
Didn't mean to run it..