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Tipping The Scales in Your Favor at Blackjack

Just some thoughts: Blackjack is probably the best game out there to beat the HOUSE!

Blackjack rules are easy to learn and can be accomplished usually in one day.

After you understand the house rules (and they do change from casino to casino) there are basically only three (3) components to playing blackjack; your wager, your cards, and your action. That's it! But what comes before that play and what you do next is what all the fuss is really about. The HOUSE (casino) will always have the edge. The player will NEVER have the edge. Having the edge means the casino will win more hands than they lose over a long period of time. Don't get wrapped up in all the technicalities. Just understand that over the long hall you can expect to lose more hands than you win.

So the only way to tip the scales in your favor is to change your betting amounts so you will WIN more Dollars than you lose.

Playing at casinos with rules that best favor the player is important. Casinos are constantly trying to introduce new tables with altered rules. People who don't understand what that means are the usual prey the casinos are looking for.

Learning a Basic Playing Strategy also tilts the edge towards the player.  A multi deck strategy will add the necessary consistency that is always required to win at blackjack.

Developing a Betting Strategy is a key.  In fact the betting strategy is what will separate the winners from the losers.  Knowing when to increase your wager is KEY!

Have fun,

Pat

Blackjack or Zigging & Zagging

   Years ago I use to sit down at the blackjack table in Vegas and play what I fondly refer to as Zigging & Zagging (about the same as bob and weave).  Oh, I followed a basic strategy and even counted the cards but there were many days when I felt the strategy was costing me too much money especially when it came to the splits and double down decisions.

   So on many occasions I found myself standing on a pair of eights; not doubling down on ace/six; and even standing when the dealer had a two or three for an up card when I had a hand with a hard twelve (F/2, 9/3, 8/4, 7/5).  It took me a few years to learn that this type of zigging and sagging was just tearing my wallet up into pieces. 

   There was a time I would use the positive or negative count (especially with a single deck) to influence my action.  I thought I was real clever.  cool   If the count was real high (indicating the next card would probably be a face card) I would stand when I had a hard 15 or 16 and the dealer's up card was face card (10,J,Q, or K) when I should have taken a hit.  But I thought I was smart and the odds of me busting were so great the risk of staying was better than that outcome.  Needless to say that over time, this type of zigging and zagging took its losing toll.

   enlightenedBut then I embraced one of the key elements to a winning playing strategy… CONSISTENCY!  I began to keep records of my play (back in the early days having a pen and small tablet was allowed at the tables) and it became clear that my play improved when I followed a strict set of rules.  Over time I developed a betting system (which is the main topic of my new book, "Blackjack to the Nth Degree") that combined with the basic strategy overcame the casino's edge and put me on a winning track for good.

   One of the toughest thing to overcome when one becomes that strict is "boredom".  It takes a lot of discipline to overcome boredom.  That one word can cost even a very good player a lot of money if it can't be controlled and accepted.

Have a great day at the tables,

Pat Clemens

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