For over a decade I’ve been playing blackjack. I participated in numerous tournaments, and I had a fair share of winning. One of the things I get all the time is people asking me how the game is played or if there is a secret rule that no one else knows.
While it is mostly practice and experience, there are a few tricks that I could share with you that might help you win the game. Of course, you might already know some of them, but it’s better to mention them anyway. It is not a secret that casinos love people who know less. It would be ideal for them that you don’t even know how to play the game.
But it wouldn’t be fair, would it? So let’s start from the beginning, and go through all tips that can help you improve your chances. Most of these tips can apply to playing in an online casino as well as the regular blackjack table.
Find the Right Table
I already explained in the detailed guide on how you can improve the chances of winning or lowering the house edge. The first tip is to find the table that works in your favor instead of randomly sitting just anywhere. What I mean by “right table” is that you should find the one with good odds. You don’t want to play the game where natural pays six to five, or even worse, one to one! Three to two is the best option, and this should be the first requirement for you.
Furthermore, it would be ideal if you could find the one that offers additional actions like splitting, doubling down, and even surrender. Of course, the one that offers all of these actions and even splitting on any number will be great. Finally, you should check if there is an option to double down after split to ensure that you have the best possible table. Besides, be sure that you check if the dealer hits or stands on soft seventeen or not.
The last thing (but not less important) is to check how many decks are used for the game, and if they play with penetration. The more decks the casino uses, the lower your chances are. Ideally, there will be only one deck, maybe even two. But some casinos use six, which will give them a greater house edge.
While it is not always possible to find the table that offers all of these, it might be a good idea to try and find one. It is always better not to play than to sit on one of those tables that pay one to one for natural!
Learn the Rules and Play Your Game
By learning the rules, I mean everything that can help you beat the dealer. You should know how the game works, as well as the odds you have for winning, depending on the round, number of decks, etc. Blackjack is one of the casino games that can be tricky, and you should be prepared for this as much as possible. Furthermore, the preparation for the game involves planning what will happen in the long run, checking strategy charts, and you can always create your own blackjack cheat sheet (you don’t need to memorize countless combinations).
It is rather important to play your game. This means that you should ignore other players (but not their cards), and focus on playing and your own tactics. Besides, you are playing against the odds and try to make it as pleasant as possible. I’ve witnessed people being rude to the dealer many times. Remember that a dealer is just a person dealing cards and they have no influence on the outcome of the game. Always tip the dealer if you are doing good.
Don’t Get Carried Away
You shouldn’t get carried away. This is a rather important tip. There are several ways I’ve seen this happen. The first one is a winning streak. If you are on the winning streak, continue playing according to your tactics. Don’t alter it because you are “doing good.” I’ve seen people winning five games in a row and increasing their chip only to lose everything.
Furthermore, don’t exaggerate with the booze too. It’s ok that you have a few drinks. But just because the casino offers them for free, doesn’t mean that you should take all of them. If you get tipsy, your concentration will drop, and you will lose.
Finally, don’t expect to win, and don’t gamble with money you don’t have. While I had a rather successful career as a player, it wasn’t rare that I’d lose everything. The trick is to only play with money you can afford to lose. Don’t expect to win, and try to do it anyway. That was one of my tricks that got me to where I am now.