If you’ve been in Las Vegas for any length of time, you know how difficult it is to find a good tip on Blackjack. There are so many different strategies and techniques out there and most of them have completely changed over the years. In fact, it’s difficult to predict which ones are more effective than the others. So how many decks should you play Blackjack with?
Before I reveal the answer, I want to take a minute and discuss how Blackjack works. Most casinos feature two decks: a “red” deck and a “white” deck. Players deal with blackjack hands at the red table and white hands at the white table. When you hand your black or red hand to the dealer, it doesn’t matter if you think that you have a winning hand or not. The dealer will take whatever cards you put into the pot and then make the bets according to what the numbers on the visible card are. That’s why it’s important not to get emotional and to be honest about your chances of winning.
Most gamblers keep hitting their buttons. They keep betting the same number of cards after they’ve already folded. The truth is, you should fold before you hit your button. After you click your button, you should double the amount of money you put into the pot. That way you’ll have an additional card to use (depending on the amount left in the pot) and you won’t keep hitting the same button to make your money go away.
Now that we’ve established that playing with more decks is better than playing with fewer decks, lets talk about how you should actually bet. Some Blackjack players mistakenly bet according to the dealer’s picture card. The dealer will either flop or call (do nothing) the first card that comes into view. If this is your strategy, do yourself a favor and skip over that option. Calling with the first picture card is like getting blind drunk – you can’t make any informed decisions when that happens.
Another mistake players make is betting with their first five free cards. If you’re betting real money at a live blackjack table, you can always get out if you see that the dealer is about to make a big move. But remember – this isn’t an online casino! If the dealer is about to win, then there’s no need to double up. In fact, you should fold and wait for him to move his winnings somewhere else. When you’re playing blackjack online, waiting for him to make a big move is a very risky move, and can result in you losing more money than you made while you were online.
You may be thinking that I’m saying that it’s impossible to win at blackjack online unless you have lots of winning tickets, but that’s not true. It’s important to remember that there are often very large pots in blackjack tournaments, and these pots are almost always winnable. If you can’t beat them in a tournament, you can still cash them in and walk away a much happier player. Just keep in mind that you’re going to be playing against strong players and experienced blackjack pros, so your winning odds are likely slim.
Some players get into a habit of betting high without analyzing their opponents’ styles and strategies. For example, they may assume that their opponents are all tight aggressive low-payoff gamblers and start betting high on the first table when they see that their opponents are otherwise good players. They then sit back on the sidelines, hoping that their opponents will forget about them. This is a dangerous plan, because you may get burned if your opponents forget about you, or if they switch to another dealer after they see that you’re rich off the initial hand.
Some people also make the mistake of betting too much in the later stages of a game. If you want to be successful at online casinos, you need to know when to bet behind or ahead of your opponents. Many players don’t know this and end up chasing money around, whether or not it’s real. In live blackjack tournaments, you will know exactly when to bet behind or ahead of your opponents, and will be able to choose your actions accordingly.