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Finding the Blackjack Perfect Table

21 May 2011

When we look at a blackjack table, we look at it as a table we can win at. We want to evaluate it before we make a commitment. What criteria should we use when selecting a blackjack table? Here is a list of some of the things to look for.




  1. Start with its betting limits. Will you be playing at a low, medium or high limit table? At the low limit games, you will find lots of players. Many of them won't know the first thing about basic strategy and will do a lot of strange actions when it comes to playing their hands. At the high limit table games, you will find yourself alone or with few players and not be distracted by unskilled ones. The problem here is that even a small losing streak can have a big impact on your bankroll.

  2. The next criteria will be the house rules. They can vary from table to table, from pit to pit and even from casino to casino. Can you double down on any two cards or only 10 and 11? What about double after split? Each rule can and will affect your win-rate. You need to know which rules are good for you and which give the house the advantage.

  3. Another item is number of decks. This can vary from single deck to two, four, six and even eight decks. Remember, fewer decks is usually better for the player.

  4. For card counters, how about deck penetration? How soon does the dealer shuffle the deck? You want to see as many cards as possible because as the deck is depleted the accuracy of your count greatly improves. You want 65 to 70 percent or better of the cards in play, otherwise look for another table.

  5. How about management heat? Can you spread your bet from $5 to $50 without management attention? Will a big betting spread bring a pit boss who will camp at your table? You always want to fit in. Changing your bet after each hand will normally attract attention. Move your bets up slowly. Jumping from $5 to $50 or $100 will get you heat.


All these things should be considered before you select a blackjack table to wager at. Most of the time one item will not make a big difference, however, each additional favorable item will increase your odds and therefore your win-rate will increase.


Bet You Didn't Know



  • The Baden-Baden casino in Germany is considered one of the oldest casinos in the world. There has been gaming in that facility off and on for over 200 years.

  • Ben Franklin was one of the first to manufacture playing cards in America.

  • Early Navajo Indians of the Southwest played a game called moccasin that was played only at night. According to local belief, anyone who played during the day would be instantly struck blind.

  • The name "casino" was originally a public hall for music and dancing; however, by the second half of the 19th century, the term meant essentially a collection of gaming or gambling rooms.

  • The term "jockey" originally meant horse owner.


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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:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel