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Becoming a Blackjack Expert

18 April 2020

You want to get good at playing blackjack! What skills do you need? You want to be good but you don’t want to give up your day job or become a professional, you just want to win more often. Here are some things that professionals do. Consider adapting some of these skills professionals know and understand when it comes to the game of blackjack.

1. Master blackjack Basic Strategy: No matter what blackjack skill you want to achieve, you must start at completely knowing and playing Basic Strategy. This is the basic foundation of the entire game. There are a lot of books at the library or book store and information on the internet and even pocket size guides on the market that you can read, study, and master this basic task.

2. The next chore is to adopt a card counting system. You want to keep tabs of what cards have been played, so that you know what type of cards, high ones or low ones, remained in the deck. I know of 50 plus counting systems, but I suggest you start with a simple, one level, balanced, plus one, minus one system. Here are some of the uncomplicated counts that are popular with today’s counters:

• Hi-opt I blackjack
• Hi-Lo blackjack
• Canfield Expert blackjack
  • Speed Count

3. Learn to overcome distractions. The lights, sounds and overall atmosphere in todays casinos are all designed to distract from the task of playing blackjack correctly. The free drinks, the cocktail waitresses, with their revealing dress, and the illusion of not playing for real money, but of playing with colored plastic chips. Forget the ringing of bells nearby where someone hit $25 on a slot machine and howling like they just won a big super jackpot.

All these distractions are aimed at you. Don’t be fooled by this atmosphere, learn to concentrate on your play. When practicing at home, leave the TV, radio on, let the kids or spouse talk, this will help you better in overcoming distractions.

4. Dealers and pit bosses are trained to look for skilled and card counting players. You do not want to be identified by the staff as a skilled player. You want to dress and act like any tourist out to party and gamble a little. Here are some suggestions to avoid getting identified:

• Don’t play for more than an hour in any one casino.
• Dress like the other tourist.
• Try not be the biggest bettor at the table.
• Don’t tell any player how to play his/her hand.
• Don’t jump your bet, wait till your bet wins, then let it ride, if the count goes plus.
• At the start of a new shoe don’t always bet the minimum.
• Don’t attract attention in any way.
• Smile! You are having fun, it’s a night out, don’t look so serious while playing.
• Go slow on the alcohol, but have a drink of some kind in front of you.
• Be alert when the pit bosses are no where in sight. Remember the eye in the sky is always watching.

5. Develop a good money management plan. A good plan will extend your playing time and enable you to remain in the game allowing you to participate in the inevitable winning streak when it comes. In many ways’ money management is knowing when to quit and it’s always better to quit a winner. Here are some tips to go by:

• Gamble only with money that you can afford to lose (treat it like entertainment money).
• Budget your gambling funds for the trip, each day and each session. Divide by 3. ($600trip/$200day/$70 each session) (If you loss a session, don’t borrow from the next session – quit, take a break)
• Increase you bet size when winning and decrease it when on a losing streak.
• Consider establishing a “stop-loss” method to your system: You are ahead with $ 150 after stating with your $70. You will stop playing if you are down to $100. This will allow you to end your session as a winner.
• Remember, you shouldn’t expect to win all nine sessions over a three-day period. If it’s not doing well at a session, walk, take a break, then try another table, pit, or casino.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• The largest Megabucks jackpot ever been won in Las Vegas was $39.7 million dollars. The Excalibur Hotel and Casino had the hot machine in March of 2003. The jackpot winner was a 25-year-old man that was visiting Las Vegas for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He was lucky enough to turn his $100-dollar investment into an overwhelming $1.5 million dollars a year for the next 25 years.

• In ancient Rome, Emperor Claudius redesigned his carriage so that he would have more room to throw dice,

• The First Tuesday in November is Melbourne Cup Day and is a national holiday in Australia. Over 100,000 Australians watch the result at Flemington racecourse, and millions more see it on TV. Nearly every Australian makes a bet on the outcome.

• In eighteen-century English gambling clubs, which were illegal at the time, one employee was hired for the specific job of swallowing the dice if the police raided the place.

• There are still more than 350 ten thousand-dollar bills in circulation today, although they have not been printed since 1944.

• There are no legal casinos in existence in Japan. However, there are 16,000 pachinko parlors located in the country, with five million machines. It’s technically illegal for pachinko parlors to hand out money directly to patrons. The parlors issue tokens instead, which can be redeemed for cash at nearby cashing stations outside the parlor, run by a separate token-redeeming business.

• In 1953 Las Vegas had 1,800 rooms on the strip. A first-class hotel room cost $7.50 and a motel would run about $3.00 a day.

• Today, the US government recognizes 562 different Native American tribes with almost two million Native Americans.

• The Four Queens Casino in downtown Las Vegas was named by the owner, the late Ben Grafstein, after his four daughters; Michele, Benita, Hope and Faith.

• Earthquakes and gambling? Nevada ranks third after Alaska and California among US states when it comes to earthquake activity.
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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

101 Casino Gambling Tips: Affordable Strategies & Techniques for Maximizing Profits & Reducing Loses

> More Books By John Marchel