Blackjack is an amazing game. All you need is a deck of playing cards along with some good company and it can be a lot of fun. The sheer thrill of winning at blackjack and collecting your winnings is something this is quite unique and can hardly be replicated. Whether it is a small party, an online casino or an exclusive club, playing blackjack is fun anywhere—even though online casinos have become way more popular than the others. But Blackjack wouldn’t even exist without playing cards being as loved as they are throughout the world.
Whoever invented playing cards was a true genius and deserves a lot more respect and admiration than they are given. With a single deck of playing cards, you can keep yourself entertained whether you are alone or surrounded by a large group of friends. From playing simple games like a bluff to surprisingly advanced games like 29, playing cards can offer very different experiences based on how they are used.
But there are two card games that reign over all others and are, by some margin, the most popular card games in the world are Blackjack and Poker.
These two games used to be the bread and butter of the casino industry till just a few years and while now that spot has been taken by slot machines, both of these card games still extremely popular and being played in nearly every major casino, all over the world.
But out of these two, poker has gotten a lot more limelight than blackjack. But if you ask someone who has been playing and winning at both games quite regularly, which game they prefer, the answer will almost always be blackjack. While this fact might surprise most casual players, there is a very good reason for this being the case. Blackjack is much easier and far more rewarding to play if you are actually doing it right.
So how can you improve your luck at blackjack and become a true expert at this an excessively interesting game? That’s exactly what you are about to find out.
Step 1: Become a Blackjack Know-It-All
Knowledge is power. That might sound like an extremely clichéd thing to hear but it almost always holds true. Having more information about something that any of your opponents can be a crucial factor in who ends up winning a game and blackjack is no different.
No matter how well you think you know the rules and how the game works, it’s extremely possible that you might have missed something. This can prove to extremely disastrous and you can end up making a play that can result in your complete and utter defeat at the blackjack table.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way around this and the only true solution to this is that you become a living encyclopedia of blackjack by memorizing all the minor rules, tricks, and loopholes used in the game in a way that you have never done with anything ever before. While this can definitely be a painful and time-consuming task, if you have a true passion for this game then it won’t seem that difficult and the rewards that you can potentially get because of this, during an actual high stake game, will absolutely make all the hard work feel totally worth it.
Once you have learned everything there is to learn about the game and are ready to face any contender who comes your way, you can then move onto the second step to further increase your chances of tasting consistent victories.
Step 2: Find The Right Table
Another common mistake a lot of amateur blackjack players make is that they don’t try to look for the right table. They just enter the casino and sit at the first table they find with a vacancy. This is a very critical mistake they make and one that, more often than not, ends up costing them dearly.
But why does finding the right table even matter? After all, blackjack is going to be played at each table right? Yes, but it’s more complicated than that. The problem that comes with just going and sitting at any random table to play blackjack is that some tables may have some special rules that you may not know about or be comfortable with. Starting the game in such a scenario will almost inevitably end up in at a loss and this can make the entire experience very disappointing.
Taking some time out to find the right table before you play your first game of the might is usually a very good move. A table where the rules fall within your comfort zone so that you can actually give it your all and know exactly what every other player in the game is up to basically means that you are already halfway across the path to a win.
Ensuring that the person dealing with that table is on good terms with you is also wise. It keeps the mood at the table calm and if you discover that he or she isn’t very pleased with you, that can be rectified with a generous tip.
If you are playing blackjack on an online casino then find a website that runs games with the same rules which you are familiar with and only play on that one till you start to get comfortable with the special rules of other websites.
Step 3: Know When To Stop
That might sound like a moot point but it is often observed that people keep on going way past the appropriate point and it ends up costing them more than what they signed up for. Casinos are very strict with their policies and aren’t shy of taking serious actions when things start to get out of control.
If you are having a great night and earning a lot of winnings, realize when the amount you have won has grown beyond what you excepted and is no longer worth risking. Leave the table immediately on having this realization because it is often when people start to get cocky that something goes wrong.
But on the flip side of this, if the game isn’t going as planned at all and you have lost all the money you had decided to bring, do not take out more. Sometimes no matter how prepared you are, the game just won’t go your way and there is no point digging yourself into a dark hole over this. Throwing a tantrum or getting into a fight with other players or the dealer out of frustration can result in you getting banned from the casino altogether, which would be an embarrassment for everyone involved and that is hardly ever going to be a good thing. So Just leave and return some other time with a fresh mood, confidence and a loaded wallet.
Following these three, relatively simple, steps won’t just allow you to significantly increase your winning frequency and consistency, but also make the entire experience of playing Blackjack itself, extremely more fulfilling and with time you can become a true blackjack expert who can take the breath away of anyone who decides you to watch you play.
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.