Playing blackjack is considered one of the easiest casino games to play. There isn’t a substantial amount of rules, and most of the time you are just knocking on the table for a hit or waving the dealer off. The question is whether or not you have the ability to ‘guess’ whether or not the card you need is going to be handed to you.
Granted, there are several ways to increase the probability of helping your hand. One is keeping track of how many cards from 8-up are played, and how many cards from 7-down are played. Even though it’s considered cheating in a casino, professionals do it all time. However, we wouldn’t recommend this approach at all.
In fact, one of the more controlled ways to win money at blackjack is by alternating your bets. Individuals who sit at a £25 table and continuously play this amount are more likely to lose money. Why? Well, the house tells us you are going to lose more hands than you win (unless you decide to stop playing while you are well ahead).
The only time we considered changing this understanding is if you are playing with one deck. Most casinos play with 6-8 decks in one sleeve. In addition, one of the players will cut the sleeve, and then all players will play the cards until they reach the cut-off point. Whether you dominate the sleeve, break even, or lose big, is going to depend on the way you place each wager.
Amateurs will tell you it’s too risky to take the “1, 2, 3” approach, but we beg to differ. The skepticism is primarily because these individuals do not want to bet £75 on one hand. If this sounds like you, we would recommend dropping down to a smaller wager so this approach can be used. The easiest is a £10 table, and you can still make a lot of money.
How to Alternate Your Blackjack Bets
Initially it is recommended that the table is analyzed before sitting down. If players are losing left and right, it’s a good idea to wait for the sleeve to be completed. This will allow you to start fresh, and potentially cut the sleeve yourself. Then simply play the first 3 games with nothing but £10 bets. It will give you an idea of how aggressive or passive the other players around you are playing.
If you feel like they aren’t using proper blackjack etiquette and are taking your cards, it’s recommended that you find another table. Otherwise you will see potential wins go out the window because of someone else’s play. If they are using good etiquette, then start alternating your bets on each game. Start with £10 the first game, £20 the second game, and £30 the third game.
This rotation should continue throughout the time you spend on the table. Even if you lose three in a row, there is a good chance you will have a long winning streak as well. Either way, those who alternate bets are more likely to stretch their money and spend more time gambling.
Even though we swear by this approach, at the end of the day it’s your money. Hopefully the choice you make will turn into a successful one.