Blackjack Card Counting Strategy
Blackjack is the two most popular casino games in the United States, with the exception of Texas Hold ’em. In all casinos, bets on each card range from just $0.30 to as much as double that. Blackjack is a game of chance, though skill and strategy are important in increasing your chances of winning. The basic rules of blackjack are that you get five cards and make an acceptable amount bet. There are a total of 20 possible cards. After you get all the cards, if your bet surpasses the amount of the other bet, you will have to pay off the difference – i.e., the house.
In a standard game of blackjack, you may discard any high cards – no Ace, King, Queen, Jack or ten – and choose five cards from the deck, called the “card deck”. You bet these cards (called “payouts” – see below) and you get to keep them. If you win, you walk away from the table with your winnings minus the house’s winnings.
The betting for blackjack is not unlimited; it starts at one dollar from the dealer, and it can increase or decrease by making adjustments to the initial bet. To place larger bets, you need to know the value of each card and compare it with the total on the hand of the dealer. Blackjack strategies include using the Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten of the face cards, as well as Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten of the Hi and Ace of the lesser cards.
The betting in a standard game of blackjack goes like this: the dealer puts the blackjack in front of all players, and all players make their bets before the dealer. The first bet is called the “low ball”. This is the first position, meaning that the bet is made without going over the amount that the dealer has in his pocket. The name comes from the fact that if the low ball is won, all players have to lose. Secondly, “the high ball” means the second position, where players cover more than the bet of the dealer. Last but not least, “the straight” means that a player is a guest in the casino, and his bet is not under the dealer’s control.
In the case of live blackjack, the betting circle is much smaller. At the start, only two people are involved: the dealer and one player each from across the table. If the dealer deals blackjack hands correctly, three people can be dealt a blackjack, and a few pairs can be dealt Omaha, without needing to go over the dealer’s house’s house limit. The betting circle can be very small indeed.
It is impossible to get the house edge in any casino game, since you can never know what the card combinations will be beforehand. But that does not imply that the casino can take advantage of you – they cannot! The fact is that Las Vegas casinos do not make anything off of the cards, but rather use them as a means of offsetting their losses on bad gambling decisions. That is why it is always advisable for first-time gamblers to stick with games at land-based casinos – card counting is too complicated and too uncertain for a casino to depend on its own strength.