Saturday, December 12, 2009

Strategies for Playing Blackjack at the Best 1-3 of 6

Strategy No. 1: Understanding Distractions

When you walk onto the casino floor to begin your gambling session, it is important to keep your perspective. The flashing lights, the cornucopia of colors and the incessant sound of the slot machines mesmerize many gamblers. This is what the casinos want. Don't fall for it. Stay cool and keep a clear head.
Walk around the casino floor for five or 10 minutes before sitting down to play. Mentally review your objectives for this gambling session while you observe the games and the gamblers.

Strategy No 2: Making Best Table Selection
For most gamblers, this is an ad hoc decision. They choose the first table they come to with an open seat or space and which offers a minimum bet they are comfortable with. But the table selection decision is an important factor in your chances of ending up a winner in this session. I recommend reading and studying and using the tips below.
Our TARGET 21 Winning Blackjack Course contains 21 logical factors that point to winning tables. The most important of these is evidence of the players winning like stacks of chips in front of them.
For example if you're evaluating a $5 minimum game for table entry and notice players' chip stacks that appear to exceed the average buy-in of $100, this is a good sign if you estimate the majority of players to exceed the average buy-in.
Another good sign is a majority of players betting more than the table minimum bet. Most players increase their bet when they are winning.
This winning activity may be created by a non-random shuffle, which engenders winning cycles for both the players and the dealer.

Strategy No 3: Strategic Table Entry
Picture yourself sauntering through the blackjack pits casually observing the tables, the players and the chips on the table.
All of a sudden you notice a table with multiple stacks of chips in front of the players, everyone betting in multiple units, players tipping the dealer, the dealer's chip rack with a lot of open space, and the players applauding a dealer breaking hand.
What do you do? Run, do not walk, and grab any open seat at this table. You are probably entering the best of all games - a Dealer-breaking Table!
Although these tables occur infrequently, you should always be on the lookout for them. In normal games, the dealers will break about 28% of the time. In Dealer-breaking tables, I have seen dealers break 50 to 75% of the hands throughout the entire shoe.
These games are called "dumping tables" by casino personnel and for good reason - the dealer is dumping chips to the players!
Perhaps you have experienced the pleasure of playing in "home run" tables like this one. The clue when searching for these winning games is CHIPS: chips in front of the players, in the betting circle, players tipping the dealer, and open space on the Dealer's chip tray.
It is beyond the scope of this report to explain why player winning cycles such as these occur at the blackjack tables, but I can refer you to Chapter 6 in my book Casino Gambling.

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