As a game that allows players to exercise their skill along with having a strong element of chance, blackjack has more subtleties than most casino games. It also leaves plenty of room for question and comment. Let’s try to answer a few questions and relay a few comments submitted by readers.
Q. Weird thing at blackjack the other night. Some guy wanted to double down on blackjack when the dealer had a 6. The dealer told him it was against house rules to double on blackjacks. It became this whole big thing. The pit supervisor came over and told the guy sorry, they don’t allow it.The dealer busted, the player complained some more, but I told him we didn’t know if the dealer would have busted if the player had taken a card for his double. Just for discussion, how bad is doubling with blackjack vs. 6? Does it make a difference if blackjacks pay 3-2 or 6-5?
There’s a cancer growing in the game of blackjack, namely, those abominable blackjack games that only pay 6:5 for a blackjack. If players don’t do something about it, 6:5 payoff games may become the new blackjack standard. However, you can help get rid of this game once and for all, and I’ll show you how in a moment. Historically a blackjack hand has always paid 3:2. That means if you bet $10, you will be paid $15 (a 3:2 payoff). (This assumes, of course, that the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack on the same hand.) When a casino decides to pay only 6:5 for a player blackjack, it increases the house edge by almost 1.4 percent (no, that’s not a typo).
Blackjack can be tricky. Some hands are obvious, but some correct plays can make you wonder how the math adds up.
Here are a few examples of those hands, and how you should play them.
How would you play the following four blackjack hands? The dealer’s upcard is a 6.
G&D’s expert blackjack pro, Henry Tamburin, receives many questions from about the game ranging from strategy to etiquette, and everything in between.
In this column, he discusses the topic of tipping your dealer, what to do if a dealer makes a mistake and what you should do if a casino oversteps the legal rights of a player.
Good luck on your next casino visit…and remember these suggestions!
Blackjack is one of the most popular games in the casino. It is easy to learn, but difficult to master. By playing correct basic strategy, the player can narrow the house edge to a minimum and really make a great run at a winning session.
In this column, blackjack pro Henry Tamburin gives some tips on how to be come a better blackjack player and how to utilize better basic strategy.
As the popularity of blackjack continues to rise, there are more and more casinos offering mini- and major-blackjack tournaments than ever. If you know the basics of blackjack, you are already well on your way, but knowing some of the basics of tournaments just might help get you to that final seat!
This article offers you a guide to follow to make you competitive in your next blackjack tournament.
Casino games are full of judgment calls with what plays you should make. Should a blackjack player hit hard 16? Yes, if the dealer’s face up card is 7 or higher, but not if it’s 6 or lower. Should a Three Card Poker player match the ante with a play bet? Yes, if the hand is Queen-6-4 or better, but not with lesser cards. But there are absolutes, too. And many of those absolutes are absolutely not’s.
Here are a few things you should NEVER do in a casino….
I’m a firm believer that if you know some of the more important statistics about the game of blackjack, it can help you better understand the fundamentals of winning blackjack strategies. The following fun quiz will help you learn some of the fundamentals.
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.
There are many ways to play advantage blackjack. You can practice card counting, wager amounts, betting systems and more. One common mis-conception is that by doubling your bet each time you lose, until you win, is a good way to insure you never lose…wrong!
In this article, blackjack expert Henry Tamburin explains why this is the worst way to wager at the blackjack table!