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Playing Soft 17 at Blackjack

1 February 2014
The dealer’s play in blackjack is purely mechanical and quite straightforward. They must draw a card if their hand is 16 or lower, and stand on 17 through 21. There is, however, one dealer rule that could differ from one casino to another, and even amongst blackjack tables within the same casino. It’s known as the soft 17 rule; namely, whether the dealer stands or hits on a soft 17. ... (read more)
 

How to Play Blackjack's Beautiful Ace

18 January 2014
Most blackjack players have a love/hate relationship with the ace. They love it when they get an ace but they hate it when the dealer shows the ace. Overall, the ace is our best friend and it’s important to know why. First, let’s look at why we hate the ace; namely, when the dealer gets it as his upcard. ... (read more)
 

How to Bet at Blackjack

4 January 2014
In this article, I’m going to look at the different ways that recreational players bet when they play blackjack and offer you my opinion on which way is best. (I’m going to assume that you know the basic playing strategy and are facing a half- percent house edge when you play.) Always Bet Same Amount A ... (read more)
 

The Ultimate Blackjack Quiz #2

21 December 2013
This is the second part of a blackjack quiz prepared by my friend Fred Renzey, a contributing writer to my Blackjack Insider (BJI) e-newsletter and author of Blackjack Bluebook II. Be forewarned, this is a challenging quiz. 1. When you have Ace-7 against a 9, if you stand, you’ll win the hand 8 times out of 20. ... (read more)
 

The Ultimate Blackjack Quiz

14 December 2013
I have composed and also read many “blackjack quizzes” during my career but the one that I found to be the most challenging was prepared by my friend Fred Renzey, a contributing writer to my Blackjack Insider (BJI) e-newsletter and author of Blackjack Bluebook II. Here is his quiz; give it a try, but be forewarned, it isn’t easy. ... (read more)
 

Playing Two Hands at Blackjack

9 November 2013
Sometimes you will see a blackjack player playing two hands instead of one. Other times, you might see a player who has been playing one hand suddenly spread to two hands in the middle of the shoe because he has the misconception that, by “changing the flow of cards,” he will change the luck of the table. ... (read more)
 

Making Money with Cashback

26 October 2013
An astute reader sent me this email. “Most of the video poker games have an expected return (ER) of less than 100%. So how can you become a winner when the house has the edge over you when you play?” This reader is correct when he says that most of the video poker games nowadays have an ER that is less than 100%. ... (read more)
 

Crash Course in Blackjack Part II

24 August 2013
This is Part 2 in a two part series on a Crash Course in Blackjack. Hitting When you want the dealer to give you another card, this is known as hitting. Hand signals are used in casinos to signify that you want a hit. In face-up games, make a beckoning motion with your finger, or tap your finger on the table to signify you want a hit. ... (read more)
 

Crash Course in Blackjack Part I

10 August 2013
I remember to this day what a friend told me the first time I set foot in a Las Vegas casino some 40 years ago and was “scared to death” to sit down and play blackjack. “Look at all those people playing blackjack,” he said to me. “At one time they were all beginners, just like you.” Of course, he was right. ... (read more)

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Henry Tamburin is the author of the best-selling book, Blackjack: Take The Money and Run, editor of the Blackjack Insider e-Newsletter, and Lead Instructor for the Golden Touch Blackjack course. For a free 3-month subscription to his blackjack newsletter with full membership privileges, visit www.bjinsider.com/free. For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www.goldentouchblackjack.com or call 866/WIN-BJ21. For a free copy of his casino gambling catalog featuring over 50 products call 888/353-3234 or visit the Internet store at www.smartgaming.com.

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