11 Blackjack Tips the Casinos Don’t Want You to Know
Blackjack is a game of excitement and thrill. There is a lot of bad advice out there regarding gambling in the casinos. The most frequent one would be “The goal of blackjack is to get to 21 without going over”. Here are the 11 blackjack tips the casinos don’t want you to know.
The notorious card counters
You may have heard of the MIT Blackjack Team, but did you know that it was not just a casual group who got together to have some fun at the casino? The team was assembled by a blackjack professional called Bill Kaplan and the way the team was organized was more like a startup. Standardized counting and betting systems were put into place and the members were trained fervently. The team started with an initial investment of $89,000 and in just 10 weeks was able to double that amount of money.
You should absolutely…
You should absolutely hit when you get a soft 17 every time, split when you get aces and eights, always remember to double down on 11, and when dealt with a hard 17 or greater, always stand.
Don’t ever split your 5s or 10s. Never let a winning streak get to your head. Remember not to get overconfident and over bet. Don’t ever stand on 12 to 16 when the dealer has a 7 or higher. Stay away from cards if you are intoxicated from alcohol. Take a break after playing for a long time.
Don’t believe in the “hot” and “cold” myth
“Hot” or “cold” tables or dealers are a myth. These things definitely do not exist.
Tipping is not compulsory, don’t feel obligated to do so
Remember that tipping the dealer is completely voluntary. An only tip when you really feel like it, not because you feel obligated to because everyone else is doing so.
Five decks are a lot
When a game has 6 or 8 decks, the game becomes more disadvantageous to the player. It is also more likely for a player to be bamboozled in a single deck game, though it is unlikely in well-known casinos.
Shuffling should only worry card counters
Shuffling makes it almost impossible for card counters to keep track of certain cards in a deck. However, handheld shuffles are not perfectly random and could be beaten by computer simulations.
Where you sit is not important
Where you sit at a table does not affect anything. Cards don’t choose certain seats to favour, only superstitious people believe that.
Stay away from insurance bets
Don’t take insurance unless you are counting cards and know the number of aces and 10 cards remaining in the deck, otherwise, the odds are definitely not in your favour.
Betting more money is a double-edged sword
Progressive betting cannot be used methodically to improve your winnings. By betting progressively, your odds of winning do not change, and the outcome of the game is not affected in any way. For example, when you play at a disadvantage of 1%, statistically you will be losing 1% of all the money you bet. Progressive betting, in general, makes you bet more than you normally would which also makes you lose more.
Control your emotions
Don’t be carried away by your emotions when gambling with cards. It will affect your gameplay and may cause you to make more mistakes or bet more than you should. Letting your emotions get the better of you will definitely be detrimental to your bankroll.
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