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How to Win at Blackjack: Three Solid Strategies

Blackjack

2021-03-13

Eddy Cheung

When it comes to online casino games, there are few as popular as blackjack. But while playing blackjack online offers a generous RTP of around 99% to 99.5%, players are still at a slight disadvantage to the casino.

How to Win at Blackjack: Three Solid Strategies

The bottom line is this:

It is estimated that around 5% to 10% of players make a consistent profit playing online poker over a year. That is a figure that can, with reasonable confidence, also be translated to blackjack players who play at a live casino.

Taking t his into account, it might seem the odds are stacked against players earning money playing blackjack, and they probably are.

But here's the kicker:

Most players don't realize they can significantly shift the odds back in their favor by employing a few smart tactics. Here are three options that can be used in a live casino:

1: Learn How to Count Cards Good news; anyone can learn the basics of card counting. It isn't reserved for players with an IQ akin to a metaphysicist. It is slightly easier to do when playing blackjack online.

It might take a little time or patience, but once a player has grasped the principle, it dramatically boosts their chance of winning.

Step 1: Assign a Value to Every Card

Players assign groups of cards a value:

  • 2 to 6 = +1
  • 7 to 9 = 0
  • 10 to ace = -1

Step 2: Keep a Running Count

A card counter keeps a running count for every card that comes out of the dealer's shoe. If the number is positive, the advantage is with the player; if it is negative, it is with the casino.

Step 3: Work Out the Count Per Deck

With casinos, both live and traditional, now using multiple decks, a player needs to translate the running count into a true count. This is done by dividing the running count by the estimated remaining decks. So if the count is +3 and there are three estimated decks remaining, the player has a true count of +1 (3/3).

Step 4: Use This Information to Work Out the Bet Size

A player should increase their bet as the number increases as it means the cards favor the player and decrease when the count is negative or neutral, as that indicates favor lies with the casino.

2: Make the Most of Online Casino Bonuses

Lots of live casinos will offer an online blackjack bonus. The most popular is a matched bonus; for instance, a player deposits $200. The casino matches that and gives the player a $200 bonus.

While most bonuses will favor the casino, often there are 'playthrough' bonuses that a player can use to their benefit and cash out a percentage of their bonus.

3: Make the Most of Loyalty Rewards

Online live casinos often offer VIP rewards, such as cashback. For instance, a player might find a blackjack game with 99.5% RTP; the same casino offers 0.6% cashback for blackjack. So 99.5% + 0.6% gives a RTP of 100.1%

In Summary

The best way for players to give themselves an advantage when playing blackjack in a live casino environment is by learning to card count. It is worth the perseverance when it pays off.

Combine that with a few other tactics, a willingness to learn and some self-discipline and even the most ordinary blackjack player stands a much better chance of making money back from the bank.

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AUTHOREddy Cheung

I remember the first time I saw Kai Tak, Hong Kong's gambling city, I thought I was in a fairy tale. All the lights blinking, the music and the monumental buildings, what 9-year-old wouldn’t think they’ve come to a magical place? It was my father who brought me, dragging me along and when inside I was hit by the smell of frying duck. As soon as I hit 21 I returned to Kai Tak, A bit nervous to see if my mind had embellished the memory, but it hadn’t. Kai Tak was still a magical place. I decided I wanted to spend as much time as I could at this place, so I did. For the next coming years I lived and breathed Kai Tak. Now I am married with kids, and they have become a part of my life too. That’s why I started exploring online casinos to create a better work-life balance and I couldn’t be happier!

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