The secrets of blackjack

If you want to play blackjack for real money, here are some things to keep in mind.

It makes no sense to sweat the shuffling of cards. Lots of times we see the quintessential player at the casino, keeping an eye on the cards as they are being dealt out. The thing is, the way the cards are being shuffled has no bearing on your chances. If you’re even in the slightest bit familiar with a casino, then you are acquainted with the Continuous Shuffle Machine. The presence of the machine eliminates the human touch and any trickery that can go with it. That means no card counting. If you’d like to avoid this, then move away from the table that has this machine. Choose manual shuffling if you want to be less at the mercy of chance and randomness.

A table that offers double down brings down the house edge. Again, the rules differ from casino to casino. Some allow you to double down on any two cards, others may allow you to do that only on a 11 or 10. This strategy can increase your earnings by quite a lot.

Speaking of double downs, finding an opportune moment to do this is important. You should take full advantage when the dealer’s up-card is a six and you have an ace at your disposal. If you don’t have a soft 20 and are holding on to any other card but that, go ahead and double down. You can do this for a 5 of the dealer too, but the same rule of the 20 applies here too.

Also choose specific tables that allow for lower stakes to be placed, if you don’t have deep pockets. Quite a few casinos offer free games during non-peak times. Look out for those.

A simple secret is to get help when needed.  Every table has its own rules. It is imperative that you know the specific rules in order to win. Do keep in mind that you’re not asking them how to play the game; just what works in that specific situation. It’s absolutely important that you have a plan, a strategy in place. This will help you make more money and also protect you from losses, to a large extent.  There is good old-fashioned maths at play in the betting strategy and using them well will mean profit and fewer losses.

Staying with losses, it’s natural to feel more than a little confident when you’re on a roll. If you’re winning, don’t lose sight of your limits. This means that you should start your game with a clear limit set on what you will bet. Whether you win or lose, the limit should be firmly entrenched in your mind. Don’t become rash when you’re losing and try to cut your losses.

While it feels counter-intuitive to do the next instruction, it is in your best interests to do so. You’d do well to split eights and aces. Yes, we are cautioned against breaking up eights, but there could be a neat profit at the end of it. So go ahead and break those eights.

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