Never play a blackjack game that costs 6:5. Stick to games that cost 3:2 in full. An8-deck blackjack game that charges the full 3:2 is far better than a single blackjack game that costs just 6:5.
Better than more decks, less decks. Note, this is valid only if the rules for both games are clear. Therefore, if the double deck game of a casino has precisely the same rules as its 6-deck game, the double card game has better odds with the player.
Try finding the best possible table rules. Ideally you would like the dealer to be on “Soft 17.” Play where you can surrender if you are playing a 6-deck or 8-deck game.
Never use the risky Martingale Betting System to double your bet size should you lose. Believe it or not, at some stage you can lose (and will) an incredible number of hands in a row. Using the Martingale, you may live for a while, but when that losing streak happens, you’re going to lose everything you’ve done before and much more.
Playing at lower stakes doesn’t mean you’re going to lose less over time. If you’re playing $20 a hand on a paid table of 6:5, you may have a major 2 percent disadvantage that triggers a 40 per hand loss prediction. If you’re playing a game like the 6-deck high limit at Aria Casino in Las Vegas, you’re at a disadvantage of just 1.26 points. That’s just 26 times the predicted loss per $100 stake. Remember that over time the bet of $20 would lose more than the bet of $100.
Do not have an insurance policy! Insurance is a bad bet, no matter how much you bet or what your back is! Just 4 out of 13 available cards under the ace would give the dealer a blackjack. That’s blackjack’s 30.8 percent chance. If you get paid on an insurance bet just 2:1, this is a losing bet. If you are an experienced player using a program for card counting, then in some circumstances protection is a great option.
It is more likely that a dealer exhibiting 5 or 6 would make a hand than a dump. Don’t go nuts to double your 7 or less just because a 5 or 6 is shown by the dealer. You could get a small card and you’d like to take another hit. Note, the dealer will do more than not make a hand in this case.
On your “Soft 17” never stand. When taking a hit, this hand can not bust and can only drive against the 17 of a dealer if you are standing. This is either a single or a double at all times.
Whether you win or lose, the dealer does not control. Even if the way things are going is irritated with you, don’t be disrespectful! Believe it or not, the dealers really want you to win so that they can hopefully make a few tips and stop moaning and groaning at players.
Don’t make bets or make emotional or gut-based choices. Know what you’re going to bet in advance and how you’re going to play your hands.
Make the right decision regardless of the size of your stake. Just because the biggest bet of the day is on the table doesn’t mean that to stop busting you will immediately stand on a 14 against the 10 of the dealer. Play your hand, not your money.
Sit at a full table when you’re competing for comps. This will significantly slow down the game and allow you to play longer without much risk.
Whether the table wins or loses has nothing to do with whether or not it wins or loses.
Don’t go all-in. Just leave enough money for your side to double or break. There are not many situations in blackjack that are more difficult than being dealt two aces, not having enough money to break, and striking and busting for two facecards. Ouch!