by Mark Pilarski
o Keep your emotions under control. The dealer is only the
messenger of fate. Don't take you're losses out on him.
o Always remember you can win. You didn't bring $100 to a casino
to play with and lose. If you are losing at a particular table,
set a three-losses-and-you-move routine.
o Focus on the dealer and his up card, not your neighbor's cards.
If other players at the table are upsetting you with their playing
strategies, you can move.
o Drinking and gambling do not mix. Players have been known
to lose thousands waiting for their free drink.
o You must have discipline, so set loss limits and win goals.
o Only bet what you can afford to lose. Rent, car payments and
other day-to-day expenses have no place in a casino.
o Even the small blackjack player deserves to be rewarded for
her play. There is nothing wrong with asking for a free breakfast,
lunch or something smaller like a deck of cards or a pair of dice.
But since pit personnel are most likely not tracking your play,
you will need to ask.
o Most players don't even consider the rules before they sit
down and play. If you don't know the rules or any of the playing
stratagies of blackjack, learn the game on a 25-cent video blackjack
machine. A five-dollar blackjack game should not be your classroom.
o When you feel tired, it's time to call it quits, or at least
take a break and rest for an hour or two.
o Compared to a single deck, a two-deck game handicaps your
play -0.35%, four decks, -0.48%, six decks, -0.54% and eight decks
-0.58%. As you can see, it is always to your advantage to play
on a game that offers the fewest decks. Also note, the house edge
goes up substantially when you go from one deck to two, but the
change is less dramatic as you add more decks. How much is this
costing you in dollars and cents? If you were to play 100 hands
per hour at $5 per hand, each -0.1% would cost you approximately
50¢ per hour. Playing on a game with two decks versus one
deck will cost you $1.75 per hour, with each additional deck costing
you increasingly more.
o Smart blackjack players always play in a casino that offers
the best rules. To avoid hostile playing conditions in blackjack,
look for the following combination of rules that are favorable
to the player:
a single deck game
surrender, both early and late
double down allowed on any two cards
double down allowed after splitting pairs
multiple pair splitting allowed, plus resplitting aces
dealer stands on a soft 17
deep deck penetration
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