Play Blackjack Like a Pro by W Turner

If you don’t have much Blackjack experience, it can be daunting stepping up to the tables for a game. You can, however, hide the fact of your inexperience very simply by remembering these straightforward rules. (Note – the rules of BlackJack will differ from area to area and from casino to casino, but the general principles are the same. When in doubt, ask!). A typical BlackJack table seats a dealer and up to 7 players. Starting with the dealer, the first seat on his left is ‘1st Base’, while the first seat on his right is referred to as 3rd Base. In front of each player’s seat is a betting square, printed on the felt. Right in front of the dealer is the chip tray, while on his left is the deck (a.k.a. shoe) and next to that is the’ minimum bet sign’, which tells you how ‘expensive’ the table is. As a beginner, you will want to stick to the low bet tables to keep any losses under control. On the dealer’s right is a money drop slot. This is a security feature – casinos don’t really trust their employees, and all cash and chips are deposited here to prevent ‘leakage’.

Next to the drop slot is what’s known as the ‘discard tray’. Play starts after the dealer shuffles the cards, the deck is ‘cut’ by a player using a ‘marker card’ (NOT the bare hand), and finally the dealer ‘burns’ a card (or throws it away in order to ensure randomness). Before the cards are dealt, you make your bet by placing chips or cash into the betting box. Be aware that you can sit out a hand or 2 if you like – maybe you need a break, or the dealer is just on a lucky streak. Note that if the casino is busy, you may be asked to give up your seat so another punter can take your place (or alternatively resume the game yourself). If you really don’t want to play, just get up and vacate the seat – you can always come back later!

When all players who want to play in this round have placed a bet, 2cards will be dealt to each player going from left to right. Some casinos deal the cards face down. Elsewhere the cards are dealt face up, in which case NEVER touch them – the assumption if you do is that you are cheating! The dealer deals himself 2 cards – 1 down and 1 up. Card values are, as everyone knows, 10 Jack Queen and King are worth 10, an Ace is worth 1 or 11, all other cards are worth their face values. In noisy casinos, be prepared to use hand signals to indicate whether you want to hit or stand.

How do you indicate ‘hit’? If the cards are dealt face down, flick the cards gently across the felt 2 times. If the cards were dealt face up, point at the cards with your finger in a jabbing style. You can nod your head to emphasise the desire for a hit. If you’d prefer to stand, move your hand horizontally from left to right (palm down) to indicate ‘no’. Always keep your hands a few inches off the table to avoid suspicion. If you like, you can emphasise the stand by shaking your head ‘no’ at the same time.

Should you play single or multiple deck games? Only in Vegas do they still play single deck, and the tables are usually full – it is much easier for amateurs to ‘count’ in a single game, and keep the odds pretty fair, which explains their popularity. Multiple deck games will usually be based on even number of decks (up to 8 decks in the shoe at a time). Multiple decks allow the dealer to deal more hands per hour (less shuffling etc), which makes them more profitable for the casino, and they reduce the chances of a player ‘counting’. Dealers HAVE to follow straightforward rules, and must hit if they have 16 or less. On the other hand, if the dealer has 17 or more, he MUST stand, except in some smaller casinos, where he can hit on a ‘soft 17’.

You as the player can do anything you like, standing or hitting as it suits you. If you get a BlackJack (an Ace and a ten right off) you win 1 and a half times your bet. You can only double down on 2 card hands totalling 9, 10, or 11 (a very few casinos allow doubling on any 2 card hand). If your cards were dealt face down and you want to double, turn them over and put them on the dealer’s side of the betting square. Otherwise point to them and say ‘double’ when it’s your turn. You will have to put an equal amount of chips next to those already in the betting box (NEVER put new chips on top of old chips – it looks like cheating!). You will get one new card.

Splitting is kind of similar – cards dealt face down need to be turned over and placed them a little apart. Otherwise point at them and say ‘split’ when it’s your turn. Place an equal amount of chips in the betting box near the other card (remember, NEVER on top). You are now playing 2 hands exactly as normal (unless you just split two aces in which case you only get one card – a 10 would be good!. If it is a 10 the hand isn’t a BlackJack, meaning you only get the standard odds of 1/1 and not 1/1.5 as you would for a ‘natural’ BlackJack. Be careful how you split – it is possible to end up with 4 or 5 hands simultaneously! Likewise, it’s probably not good to split two 5s – you will be replacing a hand that is great for drawing on or doubling down on with (probably) 2 poor hands. Insurance only happens when the dealer’s face up card is an Ace, when the dealer will ask the players if they want insurance (he won’t know what his face down card or ‘hole’ card is at this point, so you won’t be able to read his expression for clues). Insurance means that half the player’s bet is placed on the ‘insurance’ semicircle printed on the felt. If the dealer gets a BlackJack the player wins the the insurance bet but loses the original bet meaning a zero hand because insurance pays 2 to 1. If the dea

ler does not get BlackJack, the insurance bet is lost and the hand is played normally with the remaining half bet. Don’t bother with insurance unless you are trying to card count (take it when the number of non ’10’ cards to 10s drops below the 2 to 1 margin). You may also come across ‘Surrender’ – it’s not widely used, but there are 2 versions you may find, ‘early surrender’ and ‘late surrender’.

Early surrender means quitting on 2 card hands if you don’t like the dealer’s up card (e.g. a ten or court card). Surrendering in this way will give you a small extra advantage whcih is why casinos don’t like it. Late surrender means waiting until the dealer checks for BlackJack, at which point if he doesn’t, you may decide to surrender. As we say, not very common, so ask before joining the table whether you can or not. And that’s it! Stay cool, and don’t panic, and nobody will guess you are a casino newbie!

About the Author

Wilma Turner is a professional blackjack player who writes for www.supabets.com , where yu can find free articles tips and strategies for Blackjack

Online Blackjack Basics by Chen Ching-feng

Blackjack is one of the most loved casino games out there. Yes, you can take some time off from work and travel out to Vegas to play or one of the many smaller casinos scattered around the country. Or, you can simply play online blackjack. Yes, you can play your favorite casino game right from the comfort of you home or maybe even at the office when the boss isn’t looking! Online blackjack is just as fun and challenging and gives you the same rush as the real version. Online blackjack is at your fingertips this very moment!

Online blackjack is everywhere. There are online gambling sites just about everywhere you look. Finding an online blackjack table is simple. Here are two great sites to start your search. The first is: http://www.vegaslightscasino.com and the other is http://www.casinodowntown.com. At each of these sites, you can read the rules, get the information on how to play the game if you’re new, and even preview online blackjack. You can see how it’s played, play, and interact with other players. Online blackjack is one of the most popular games so there is always the chance of winning big!

Online blackjack, as well as other games, is safe. Especially at the sites listed above. You can be confident that you won’t be taken advantage of and that your money is secure. In fact, these locations are some of the safest on the Internet. You can play big and win big and feel safe doing so. With that said, you may also want to increase your odds by downloading the free e book, “Secrets to online casinos: How you can even the odds and beat the casinos” which is available at http://www.vegaslightscasino.com.

Are you ready to start your game of online blackjack? Are you ready to win it big at online blackjack? Are you just curious as to how it works and what the odds are? Then, take a minute and check out those websites and see just what online blackjack is all about!

SBaker is staff writer at http://www.vegaslightscasino.com

Online Blackjack by S Baker

Blackjack is one of the most loved casino games out there. Yes, you can take some time off from work and travel out to Vegas to play or one of the many smaller casinos scattered around the country. Or, you can simply play online blackjack. Yes, you can play your favorite casino game right from the comfort of you home or maybe even at the office when the boss isn’t looking! Online blackjack is just as fun and challenging and gives you the same rush as the real version. Online blackjack is at your fingertips this very moment!

Online blackjack is everywhere. There are online gambling sites just about everywhere you look. Finding an online blackjack table is simple. Here are two great sites to start your search. The first is: http://www.vegaslightscasino.com and the other is http://www.casinodowntown.com. At each of these sites, you can read the rules, get the information on how to play the game if you’re new, and even preview online blackjack. You can see how it’s played, play, and interact with other players. Online blackjack is one of the most popular games so there is always the chance of winning big!

Online blackjack, as well as other games, is safe. Especially at the sites listed above. You can be confident that you won’t be taken advantage of and that your money is secure. In fact, these locations are some of the safest on the Internet. You can play big and win big and feel safe doing so. With that said, you may also want to increase your odds by downloading the free e book, “Secrets to online casinos: How you can even the odds and beat the casinos” which is available at http://www.vegaslightscasino.com.

Are you ready to start your game of online blackjack? Are you ready to win it big at online blackjack? Are you just curious as to how it works and what the odds are? Then, take a minute and check out those websites and see just what online blackjack is all about!

SBaker is staff writer at http://www.vegaslightscasino.com

Las Vegas “Whales” by Iulia Pascanu

What Las Vegas jargon names “whales” is in fact the creme of the high rollers species. They are a handfull of people that in some opinions don’t exceed 500 individuals in the world. Las Vegas hoteliers are nuts about them; some claim four or five of those whales bet much more than the rest of the thousands customers they receive daily. No wonder they are suspected of going as far as selling their first born child to get one of those whales into their gaming area.
Five tips to recognise a whale

* the size of the bet: $50,000 is the low end; Australian tycoon Kerry Packer likes to play seven blackjack hands at one time; his top bet was $375,000;
* the line of credit: 4 to 5 million dollars for one weekend; a fortune for us ordinary earthings, pocket money for a “whale”;
* the treat: whales get all the freebies from the hotel they play: fine dining, luxury accommodations, private jet transportation, expensive gifts… often the US visa for the Asian high rollers;
* the escort: it usually includes bodyguards, beautiful gals and close friends; Las Vegas history saved for the record a legendary tale in which the Saudi Prince Adnan Khashoggi dropped for a bet at Stardust with an anturage of a dozen people;
* the generosity: whether they win or loose, everybody’s happy as long as they play; “whales” don’t spare tips & gifts.

While the “whales” number just a few hundreds in the world, the amounts they can afford to lose are purely impressive; that is why hoteliers pay specially trained staff for “whales hunting”. The Asians form a big part of this exclusivist market, about 80 %. The bottom line is to keep them comming in, at the same rate, after nine eleven.

Unfortunatelly, Las Vegas seems to be experiencing a decrease in whale strands these days. One reason, that all hoteliers agree about, is they don’t get as much privacy in Las Vegas casinos as they would normally get in other gaming destinations of the world. While hotel owners in Las Vegas await their VIP saloons approved, the “whales” gamble in Macau, Monaco or Australia.

About the Author

Iulia Pascanu writes for http://www.bestlasvegashotels.info where you can find more information about the best hotels in Las Vegas

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Beat the House with this Supa Blackjack Strategy by Kent Clarke

In the game of blackjack, the final hand you hold can only be one of the following – a blackjack, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16 or less, or bust. If you bust, you have lost, whereas if you hold blackjack the worse case scenario is a tie with the dealer with the best case scenario being you get paid a bonus of 1.5 times your stake. You probably realize that the chances of winning if you stand on your 17 – 21 are very important, so what are they? Not as good as you might like!

Here’s an example stand on 17 in a 6 deck game (the dealer must stand on 17). You are probaqly thinking that’s a good hand and are happy to happy to have 17. The statistics prove though, that you will lose more often than win if the dealer shows any face card except a 6. The most money is lost in this scenario when the dealer shows a 9, the least when the dealer shows a 4 or a 5. Make a mental note – you only stand a fighting chance when the dealer has a 6 showing. Only in THIS case will you have a statistical chance of winning money in the long run. You will now be wondering how you can make money, given these facts. You can’t. If you hit a hard 17 you will expreience mounting losses, so the wise course of action is simply to stand. Of course, often you can stand on 17 and still win a hand but the numbers add up inexorably – over time you will end up losing more money than you win UNLESS the dealer shows a 6. Standing on 17 is not a good idea!

Now you know that 17 is actually not a good hand, you have probably already realized you should never stand on soft 17 (instead you should either hit or double down). There is a further disadvantage too, when the dealer hits soft 17, as follows. Imagine you stand with 18. This has GOT to be better than standing on 17, right? Yes, but the improvement in your odds might surprise you. With an 18, and over the long run you are going to make money when the dealer shows a 2 to 8 face card. You will still actually LOSE money when the dealer’s showing a 9, 10 or Ace. For this reason you should never stand, but should always hit a soft 18 if the dealer shows a 9, 10, or Ace.

Statistical ‘Monte Carlo’ analysis of Black Jack by www.supabets.com has revealed that in the imaginary case of you ALWAYS having a hand of 18, the surprising fact is that you would LOSE an average of about 65 cents for every $100 you bet. 18 ain’t such a great hand! Human psycology is what makes us think the opposite – 18 is ‘nearly 19’, and 19, or course, is ‘nearly 20’. An 18, in the subconscious mind, is therefore ‘nearly 21’!! What about 19? Can we regularly stand on 19 and win money in the long run? 19 MUST be a winning hand! The answer is… Yes, except if the dealer shows a 10 or Ace. If that is the case, your 19 will still cause you to lose money in the long run. Hard to believe, huh? When you get up to 20 you are basically in the money. This hand will make you money in the long run whatever the dealer holds, even including an Ace. As 20 is such a phenomenally strong hand, NEVER split it 10 10 (and likewise an Ace 9 should never be doubled). It’s a winning hand – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

This brings us to the statistical realization that over 2 thirds of your blackjack winnings at will come from these 2 hands (Ace 10 and 10 10). Further down the chain, the bulk of the rest of your winnings will come from only 5 more hands – 11, 10 9, 10, Ace 9, and Ace 8. That’s why you must burn in the strategies for these hands because they are the ones that will make you money. If we are talking multiple decks always double down on 11 if the dealer is showing 10 or less. The general case – always double 10 if the dealer is showing 9 or less. Always stand on hard and soft 19. Always stand on soft 18, except if the dealer is showing a 3 through 6, where you should double down. Always hit when the dealer is showing a 9, 10 or Ace but stand on 2, 7, and 8.

Now the bad news – the following hands are responsible for the vast majority (almost 85%!) of your losses. Beware of hard 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. The hard 12 through 16 hands are long term loseing hands whatever strategy you adopt. The overall message? Gear the basic playing strategy into your head so you can play it without thinking – know what to do when the winning hands appear. Use money management to supplememnt this – bet more when the deck is still heavy in tens and Aces (card counting per se is frowned on, of course, but you sould always have some grasp on what’s already been played!). This is the simplest way to turn the blackjack odds in your favour, and ensure you leave the casino with more money than you went in with! Good luck!

About the Author

Kent Clarke is a staff writer for www.supabets.com , the free online Betting tip site.