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The five steps for blackjack players

19 March 2016

1. Learn basic blackjack strategy

This is one of the foundations to your program. You must know “basic strategy” for blackjack. This is knowing when to hit, stand, double down and split. When do you take insurance, how do you surrender? These are all part of basic strategy for blackjack. If you expect to be a winner you must know this strategy.

2. Practice

a. Practice at home. You can learn an awful lot about blackjack in the comfort of your home. Remember, it’s also a lot cheaper to practice at home then trying to learn at the casino. You can make a lot of mistakes when first learning blackjack; however, it won’t cost anything at all if you do all your practicing at home.

b. Use the computer. There loads of blackjack games on the market today that will help you learn and allow you to get proficient at the game. Look all around the Internet. You can find lots of help there.

c. When first learning to play, go against the 25 cent machines. On your next visit to a casino, look for the blackjack machines. This will help give you a lot of playing experience without costing you very much. You can take all the time to make a decision without other people bothering you. It is a very inexpensive way to begin your casino experiences.

d. Later, play at the low-stakes tables. Once you have mastered the game, start off against low minimum tables particularly during the day time. At night most casinos raise the minimum bets at the tables, therefore, it is cheaper to play during the day.

3. Scout for the best casinos.

Not all casinos have the same blackjack rules. One casino might allow doubling on 10 and 11 only, while across the street they might allow doubling on any two cards. Here are some of the good rules to look for:
a. Single deck
b. Dealer stands on ALL 17s (10-7 and A-6)
c. Double down on any two original two cards
d. Resplit aces
e. Double down after split allowed
f. Surrender

4. Look for winning signs.

Go through the casino and look for winning tables to play at:
a. Are there any signs that the players are tipping the dealer?
b. Do the players have any stacks of chips in front of them?
c. Is the dealers tray low in chips and are any of the tray slots empty?
d. Are there any sounds of happy players?
e. Are you winning more hands then the dealer?
f. Are you getting the 19s and 20s and is the dealer getting the 15s and 16s?

5. Use money management techniques

The dealer will always have the advantage over the player because they play their hand last. It then becomes important that you use some sound money management techniques to off set the house advantage. Here are some techniques:

a. Establish a bankroll. This is entertainment money, not bill-paying funds.
b. Set up your bankroll for the trip, day and session. Do not “borrow” funds from one day or session to play in another one.
c. Know when to quit. Quit on a winning streak and quit when you start to lose.
d. Start to increase your bets on a winning streak, not during a losing one.


BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW

• When the Desert Inn opened in Las Vegas in 1950, the 2,400 sq-ft casino was the largest gambling facility in Nevada, with five craps tables, four blackjack tables, three roulette wheels, 75 slot machines and a full-service racebook.

• In 1965 Cunard Steamship Line added roulette and blackjack as well as slot machines to its Franconia Cruises to the Canary Islands. This was considered the first at sea casino.

• In 1976 Washington State authorizes commercial card rooms. Initially, the games were player-banked games. This meant that blackjack had the dealer rotating among the players. The legislation approved house-backed games in 1997 which ended player dealers.

• New York-New York Hotel and Casino is the only major casino on the strip in Las Vegas that does not have a buffet.

• In 1855, the small boomtown of Columbia, California (where gold was first discovered) boasted having 15,000 residents with four banks, four newspapers, 40 saloons and 143 active faro banks in operation.

• In 2002, the No. 1 tourist spot in Oregon was a casino. Spirit Mountain Casino, in Grand Ronde, welcomed 3.3 million visitors that year.
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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