Blackjack Tips

Have you ever wondered WHEN you should take insurance against dealers blackjack? Or what blackjack rule variations that are in your favor - and what rule variations that are not? Find out now - read on below!

Insurance Tip:

The Insurance option in blackjack is really just a side bet that the dealer with an Ace showing has a 10 in the hole. However - If you ask a blackjack dealer he will probably tell you something different :-) With normal card distribution, at the 2 to 1 payoff, the insurance bet is about 8% against you. In other words - it's not a good bet at all.

However, if you happen to be observant enough to know when the remaining deck has fewer than twice as many non-tens than tens, then taking the Insurance is a good bet. Do you remember the classic Las Vegas Trip where Dustin Hoffman is counting cards in "Rain Man"? He was very good at that. If you are not good at that you should not accept an offer to take insurance.

All Blackjack Games Are Not Created Equal:

Compared to a single deck game, a two-deck game handicaps your play -0.35%, four decks handicaps you, -0.48%, six decks, -0.54% and eight decks -0.58%. As you can see, it is always to your advantage to play on a blackjack game that offers the fewest decks of cards. You should also note, the house edge goes up substantially when you go from one deck to two, but the change is less dramatic as you add more decks. How much is this costing you in dollars and cents? If you were to play 100 hands per hour at $5 per hand, each -0.1% would cost you approximately 50 cents per hour. Playing on a game with two decks versus one deck will cost you $1.75 per hour, with each additional deck costing you more.

Look For The Game With The Best Rules:

You should always play in the casino that offers the best blackjack rules. Try to avoid hostile playing conditions in blackjack. You should look for the following combination of blackjack rules that are all favorable to the player:

  • A single deck game
  • The surrender rule - both early and late
  • Double down should be allowed on any two cards
  • Double down should be allowed after splitting pairs
  • Multiple pair splitting should be allowed, plus re-splitting aces
  • Dealer should stand on a soft 17
  • Deep deck penetration

In Las Vegas many blackjack tables has changed one rule of the game. By reducing the payout on the players Blackjack from 3:2 to only 6:5 the casinos has added a substantial 1.39% to the casino’s advantage. These hostile "Blackjack pay 6 to 5" tables should be avoided - find another table or another casino.

Don't Play Blackjack If You Are Tired:

When you feel tired, it's time to call it quits - or at least take a break and rest for an hour or two.

Super-Simplified Blackjack Strategy:

You always want to hit until your hand total is 17 or more IF the dealer is showing a 7 or higher.

Know All The Rules Of Blackjack:

Too many players don't even consider the rules before they sit down and play. If you don't know the blackjack rules or any of the blackjack playing strategies, learn the game on a 25-cent video blackjack machine - or even better, use the free blackjack trainer found right here at A five-dollar blackjack game should not be your classroom.

You Are Only Playing Against The Dealer:

You should ONLY Focus on the dealer and his up card, not your neighbor's cards. If other players at the table are upsetting you with their playing strategies, you can move.

Drinking & Gambling Tips:

Drinking and gambling do not mix.

Don't Risk Money You Can't Afford To Lose:

Only bet what you can afford to lose. Rent, car payments and other day-to-day expenses have no place in a casino - be it online or brick and mortar.

That was the Blackjack Tips & blackjack advice I had to offer you - Good Luck at the blackjack tables. Read more about blackjack here.

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