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Selecting a Blackjack Seat

8 October 2011

Normally, any seat at blackjack is as good as any other. However, there are some small differences that can help your game while playing in a casino.

When first learning the game, you might want to avoid the first-base seat. This is the first person dealt the cards and the first to take action. As this position will be under the gun to play first, you might find yourself feeling rushed, thereby opening yourself to the possibility of making a mistake in your play.

On the other hand, the last seat or third base, allows you plenty of time to play your hand. Again, if you are new at the game, sitting in the last seat might bring some undue pressure from other players. This is because your play is immediately before the dealer and any table losses might be blamed on you because of your play.

One thing to remember is to always play your hand correctly, regardless of anyone else's comments. In fact, if you have trouble determining your hand total, particularly when you have an ace or two in your hand, ask the dealer what your hand total is. One hundred percent of the time the dealer will help you total your hand and might even suggest what action to take.

One example I recently saw was a player who stayed on a 5 and 4 total hand. The bad part was he wouldn't let anyone see it. When the round was over and all could see the hand, and asked why he stayed on the specific hand, he said he didn't want to take the dealer's "bust" card. As you can imagine, he lost the hand and so did the rest of the table. By showing your hand to the dealer, other players at the table will also see the hand and may help you decide what action to take.

Remember all the players are trying to beat the dealer and they are on your side in accomplishing that task. Lastly, if you are a knowledgeable basic strategy player, just take any seat, play the correct strategy and enjoy the game.

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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

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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:

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

> More Books By John Marchel