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Types of Blackjack Players

26 August 2011

There are various types of players that can be found at the casino blackjack table. Here is a short list of only four types. See if you can recognize any of them.

  • The social player The largest of the groups. They play hunches and have little consistency or logic to their play. Sometimes they will hit a soft 17, while the next time they won't. They generally draw too little, split a lot, regardless of the dealers up card. In the end they lose almost all the time and call it bad luck.
  • The mathematical player This type comprises less then ten percent of all players. They have some knowledge of the game. They know when to hit, stand and split, but have trouble doubling soft hands. They will double up their bets when winning and can occasionally end a session as a winner.
  • The amateur counter This player can count cards and will adjust his betting and play accordingly. Only one or two in 100 players fit into this specific group. Without constant practice they lose the count regularly and will overbet with a limited bankroll. This player will have wins but mostly break even over the long haul.
  • The professional and semi-professional player This last type of player is only one in a 1000 among those who visit the casino today. This type of blackjack player has the dedication, concentration and self-discipline to be a consistent winner at the table. They know more about the game than 99% of the people in the casino, including the staff and management. They will play for only a short time, usually an hour or so, and then leave the casino entirely. They are hard to spot, but that is the way they plan it.

Bet You Didn't Know

  • The guitar in front of the Hard Rock Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas is 90 feet tall.
  • Professional blackjack card counting teams required, at a minimum, 25 seconds to count down correctly a single deck of cards.
  • The late Australian tycoon Kerry Packer liked to play seven blackjack hands at one time. While playing on one of his famous trips to Las Vegas, his top bet was $375,000.
  • When playing blackjack and you have 16 with the dealer showing a 10, the Basic Strategy chart says to hit. If you do it you'll lose 75% of the time. If you don't hit, you'll lose 77% of the time.
  • Even when you play using Basic Strategy at blackjack, the house has a small advantage because the dealer plays her hand last.
  • In the UK, the gaming commission thinks insurance is such a bad bet for the player that it can only be offered if a player has a blackjack. The side bet of insurance cannot be offered with any other cards held by the player in any casino in the country.
  • In the late 1700s there were more than 2,000 authorized lotteries functioning in the American colonies.
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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.

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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