Blackjack, aka. 21 is a classic casino card game almost everybody’s heard of, if not played. If you’re in a casino, chances are you’ll stumble upon a blackjack table. The thing is, you might actually have a chance to win some cash. Blackjack is a game of odds and strategy, so if you follow these tips you may be looking at some winnings at the end of the night.
You can do something about the outcome of your game before even sitting down at the table. Look around the casino floor. You’ll notice that there are different tables all with different rules. Browse for a bit and scout out the most favorable table. For example, look for a sign that says “Dealer must stand on soft 17”.
Insurance is a side bet on whether or not the dealer has a blackjack. Statistics show that you shouldn’t take insurance as the chances of a BJ for the dealer are slim.
Casinos tend to do whatever it takes to make you lose track of time and impair your judgment. That includes giving away free drinks. While there’s nothing wrong in having one or two, don’t overdo it as your mind will become less clear and you will stop thinking your decisions through. And we all know this can only end in a bad way. For you, of course.
If you happen to be on a winning streak and start to feel reckless, remember – NEVER go all-in. The chances of you losing everything are pretty good.
And in those times when you keep losing hand after hand, never forget – blackjack is a game of odds and it doesn’t care how much you’ve been losing recently. Don’t expect a big break after a losing streak, it may never happen.
Don’t act out. A casino is not a great place to let your anger of losing go. The dealer is not at fault for your bad cards, the other players aren’t either. This can only get you in trouble. If you remain calm, your chances will be higher and you can make smarter bets.
Every table has five to seven seats. You might think where you sit is irrelevant, but taking a seat other than the first can give you some more time to think your hand through.
To increase your odds of winning you should consider learning basic strategy. If you’re not up to that, check with the casino you’re visiting. Some allow you to bring and use basic strategy cheat cards. This will save you the boring memorization so you can jump right into the game.
A “soft 17” means you have an ace, which can count as an 11 and a 6. You should hit that or even double (depending on the situation) because you can’t possibly bust.
It’s best to double down in case you have a 10 or especially an 11 and the dealer is showing a low-value card. The odds will be on your side.
Some casinos offer the option to surrender. Reserve this ONLY for special occasions when you are most likely to lose. For example, you should surrender a 16 against a dealer’s high card like a 10 or an ace.