To encourage more players to visit the blackjack tables and also to improve their margins, many casinos have added side bets.
These innocent-sounding gambles usually require a rather small wager (typically a dollar) and generally return better than the customary even-money blackjack payoffs.
A FRIEND OF MINE WAS watching me play blackjack in a casino. I was playing heads-up against the dealer in a double-deck game. He didnâ??t say much to me while I was playing, other than giving me an â??atta boyâ? when I beat the dealer, or offering condolences when the dealer pulled a miracle draw to beat me.
After about 45 minutes of playing we broke for lunch. My friend is a typical, casual blackjack player and he queried me about some of the insurance bets I made. â??How come you sometimes insured your 20’s and other times youÂ didn’t? And why in hell did you insure your 7? I always thought youâ??reÂ supposed to insure your good hands and not your bad hands?â?
I proceeded to explain to him the following:
When it comes to playing correct blackjack strategy, players are faced with alot of decisions. The way you play them can effect your overall win percentage. So, know the number BEFORE you sit down.
Is playing at a multi-deck table that pays 6-5 on blackjack (which is not recommended) the same as playing a single deck table offering the same odds?
Find out what our Casino Guru John Grochowski has to say about it!
Sometimes you will see a blackjack player playing two hands instead of one. Other times, you might see a player who has been playing one hand suddenly spread to two hands in the middle of the shoe because he has the misconception that, by â??changing the flow of cards,â? he will change the luck of the table. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as you are just as likely to keep losing as you are to start winning, so switching to playing two (or more) hands will not guarantee your luck will change.
Q. I play basic strategy blackjack, but I donâ??t count cards. Iâ??m curious about team play. I heard about the MIT guys playing as a team. How does that work? They canâ??t help out each other at the table, can they? Where is there any extra advantage in playing as a team? Is it just in pooling their money?
A. Blackjack card-counting teams operate with one player counting cards while making minimum bets. When the count favors the players, the counter signals a big player, who joins the game and makes large bets. When the count turns and favors the house, the card counter gives another signal, and the big player leaves the table, perhaps to go to a different table where another counter has signaled.