Let’s talk about Blackjack Control, a lesson at Learn to Play
. Have you even wondered,
“who is in control” when you play blackjack in a casino? Is it you or
I know that most blackjack players sometimes feel the casino
(a.k.a. the dealer) is controlling their destiny. I mean how many times
same dealer draw that one and only card that beats your hand? But
believe it or
not, you have a great say in blackjack control at the tables.
First, let’s take a look at what the casino’s blackjack
controls are and then at the player’s blackjack control.
This is no trivial point. Casinos in most gaming
jurisdictions in the country (except Atlantic
are free to implement whatever rules they want at their blackjack
tables. This includes
the number of decks of cards, whether or not the dealer stands or hits
17, whether or not surrender is offered or resplit of aces or multiple
splits or double down after pair splitting, whether to pay 3 to 2 or
worse 6 to
5 or even money for a player’s blackjack, and so on.
Yes, the casino’s methods are based on how much of
an edge they want to have by picking and choosing the different playing
they allow at their tables.
They even control how many cards to put into play by their
policy on the placement of the cut card (which has a great effect on a
They can make their games much tougher to beat for
average players and skilled card counters by the way they structure
The Betting Spread
Another not so trivial point. Casinos dictate
what minimum and maximum bets they’ll allow at their tables. The
that is allowed in most casinos is far less than the casino’s total
Therefore, the casinos control the odds of having a lucky
“break the bank” by having a bankroll that far exceeds the maximum
will allow at their tables. In fact the “risk of ruin” for a casino is
virtually nil because of the rather large spread they maintain between
maximum bet a player is allowed to wager and the casino’s bankroll.
The casinos engineer the environment in a casino to make it
easy for a player to feel good about his losses. In this exciting, no
barred, every thing is fast-and-fun casino atmosphere it’s easy for a
bet more, to spend more, and to lose more.
By now, you probably are thinking that the cards are stacked
pretty much in the casino’s blackjack control when you play. But
believe it or
not, for the most part you have control over your destiny when you play
blackjack and not the casino. Here’s why:
Minimize the Casino’s Edge
Player’s blackjack control begins with how much or how
little the casino’s edge is against you by your playing and betting
level. Just by learning the basic playing strategy, which is a set of
that tell you when to hit, stand, double down, pair split or surrender,
reduce the casino’s edge to less than 1%.
If you are selective and only play in
casinos that offer the best playing options (including the number of
cards), you can virtually eliminate the casino’s blackjack edge. And if
learn to increase your betting level only when there is an excess of
cards vs. low value cards in the remaining cards to be dealt (i.e. card
counting), you can actually swing the edge in your favor.
your emotions in the casino and not do something stupid like increasing
betting levels to recoup your losses. Don’t let the exciting atmosphere
you into playing above your means. Go easy on the ‘free drinks’ and
accept your losses. Even the best blackjack players in the world can’t
You must stay focused on player’s blackjack control and avoid
the casino temptations that can quickly separate you from your money.
You control the odds of losing your bankroll (Gambler’s
Ruin) by how much you bet in relation to your playing bankroll and your
skill level. When a player overbets in relation to his or her bankroll,
results are predictable (i.e. Gambler’s Ruin occurs).
professional card counters take great pains not to overbet because even
they have the edge, they know that they could go days, weeks, and even
losing more money than they win at the blackjack tables. Never overbet
you’ll be in control of “Gambler’s Ruin”.
When you think about it, player’s blackjack control is
significant. More so then most other casino games because we get to
playing and betting decisions that directly affect how much we win or
Players who discipline themselves to play in blackjack games with the
favorable playing options using the basic playing strategy and a sound
strategy will win a lot more money in their lifetime then the player
to play blackjack in “any old casino” using a seat-of-the-pants playing
Like I said, you can either play with blackjack control or
allow the casino to use their methods of blackjack control. The choice
Control is followed by Aces and Eights Blackjack
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