Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games, and it always has been. It’s fun, strategic, and can help you win big if you literally play your cards right. It’s also surrounded in superstitions and myths, some of which are largely made up by casino companies, both on and offline.
Therefore it’s sometimes a good idea to go back to the basics, and take a look at some of the main blackjack tips the casinos don’t want their players to know about, to help you separate the facts from the fiction, and to help you up your blackjack game.
The hot and cold myth
Despite what you’ve heard, there really is no such thing as a hot or cold table, or a hot or cold dealer. These types of superstitions are sometimes incited by the casinos to get people talking and excited about certain games, but there’s really no evidence to suggest truth behind them – it’s all down to luck at the time of playing.
You’re under no obligation to tip
The dealer will have absolutely no control over whether you win or lose (the multiple cameras on them all at all times will make complete sure of that) so they’ll never be on your side, or willing to help you out. This means that you won’t have to tip them at all, and should only do so if you want to (perhaps you had a really great experience with them), and not to thank them if you won.
Memorise a basic strategy chart
Never sit down at a Blackjack table without first memorising a basic strategy chart. This is a one-page chart that specifies every hit, stand, double down, and split decision to be made at the table for every possible combination of cards in your hand and the dealer’s up card. You can find this online or in Blackjack books. Once you’ve learned basic strategy, your disadvantage at the game will be .5%, which makes Blackjack the best game to play in the casinos, if you can do so responsibly.
The more you bet, the more you can win and lose
It sounds pretty obvious, but this is actually not quite realised by as many players as you’d think. There is no way to bet progressively to maximise your winnings. Progressive betting does not change the probabilities of the game, which means that if you’re playing with a 1 percent disadvantage, you will lose an average 1 percent of all the money you bet at the table. Typically, progressive betting will only serve to force you to bet more than you might otherwise bet and therefore you will lose more in the long run.