6 Things Most Blackjack Players Don’t Consider

Closeup of a Blackjack Table on Left and People Playing Blackjack on Right

After several sessions of playing blackjack, I got tired of losing and started looking for ways to win. I found that the biggest problem I had was that I wasn’t even thinking about some of the most important factors about blackjack gambling.

This list discusses six things that most blackjack players aren’t thinking about, and it’s the perfect place to get started.

1 – 6:5 vs. 3:2 Payouts

Do you know the difference between your return at blackjack tables that pay 6:5 and tables that pay 3:2? Most blackjack players never think about this difference, and some of the players that spend a few seconds thinking about it don’t think it makes much of a difference.

The difference in cost is huge between the two. I’m going to show you exactly how much it costs you to play 6:5 blackjack using a simple example.

Let’s say you spend hours playing at a table and get 12 natural blackjacks over this period of time. You’re betting $25 on every hand you play.

If you’re playing at the table that pays 6:5 for blackjack, you win $30 on each of the 12 hands. This is a total of $360.

If you’re playing at the table that pays 3:2 for blackjack, you win $37.50 on each of the 12 hands. This is a total of $450.

As you can see, over just 12 blackjacks, you lose out on $90 in profit. And the profit you lose out on just goes up every time you get a blackjack. You can run the same numbers on bigger bet amounts, but the numbers show why playing 6:5 blackjack is a bad idea in comparison.

2 – Good Rules and Bad Rules

You just saw exactly how much it costs you to play 6:5 blackjack using a simple example. This is the most important rule at most tables, but there are many other rules that can cost you money. Most of these rules aren’t going to cost you as much money, but every small loss adds to large profits that you’re missing out on.

Closeup of a Blackjack Table

While most blackjack players never think about the rules, you can change your returns a great deal by learning which rules help you and which rules cost you money.

This isn’t a complete list, but it covers most of the common blackjack rules that you’ll see at casinos.

Good Blackjack Rules Bad Blackjack Rules
Dealer stands on soft 17 hands Dealer hits on soft 17 hands
Double after splitting a pair Can’t double after splitting a pair
Can double down on any hand No or limited double down options
Can split pairs multiple times No splitting or limited split options
Surrender No surrender

Remember that every small advantage or disadvantage adds up. Learn what helps you and play at tables that have as many of these rules as you can find.

3 – Using a Simple Strategy Chart

I rarely see a player at a blackjack table using a simple strategy chart. Yet using a strategy chart is the easiest way to get the maximum possible return at any blackjack table.

I suppose some blackjack players don’t know that simple strategy charts exist, but you’re not going to have this excuse from now on. And I’m sure that a few players have the chart memorized so they don’t have to use a physical copy.

Blackjack strategy charts fit on a card the size of a playing card, and it shows exactly how to play your hands. When you use a strategy card, you always make the most profitable decision.

I’ve never been in a casino that didn’t allow the use of strategy charts, and if you play blackjack online or in a mobile casino there’s no way for the casino to stop you from using a chart mathematically.

Unless you already have a strategy card memorized, you should always have one on hand. Over time, you’ll start to memorize the most common plays. And if you use a chart long enough, you’re going to have the correct play for every single hand memorized.

4 – Simple Card Counting Strategies

Have you ever thought about using card counting methods to improve your odds when you play blackjack? Most blackjack players never even think about counting cards. And most of the blackjack players that have thought about it simply assume that it’s too difficult to attempt.

While some advanced card counting methods are complicated, there are actually some simple card counting strategies that anyone can learn how to use. And even the simplest card counting strategy can help improve your returns.

An Active Blackjack Table

Here’s something that most blackjack players also don’t know: If you master a simple card counting strategy, which isn’t that hard to do, it could be just enough to make a profit. And even if you don’t end up making money, a simple strategy can improve your returns enough so you can break even when you play blackjack over the long term.

The easiest card counting strategy that I know can be learned in less than an hour. And even if you find it hard at first, you can definitely master it with 10 hours or less of practice. This system just tracks the aces and fives, and you don’t even have to memorize them when they get played. You just have to track the ratio, which is easy once you learn how to do it.

5 – Advanced Card Counting Strategies

Most winning blackjack players skip the simple card counting strategies and go right to advanced card counting strategies. The truth is that it’s not that much harder to learn how to use an advanced card counting strategy over an easier one.

The main difference is that you just have to track more cards. This means that it might take you a little bit longer to master the more advanced strategy, but the mechanics of how you actually track the cards is fairly simple.

Let me show you how easy counting can be.

You start with a count of 10. Every time you see a card from 2 to 6, you add 1 to your number. Every time you see a card worth 10 points or an ace, you subtract 1 from your number.

On a round of hands you see the following cards played: 2, king, ace, 4, 7, 9, jack, 4, and 5.

You ignore the 7 and 9 because you don’t track them. You add 1 to your count for the 2, 4, 4, and 5, which makes your count 14. You subtract 1 for the king, ace, and jack. This makes your count 11.

If you can do this math, then you can count cards.

6 – Watch the Dealer Like a Hawk

This is a really advanced blackjack method and there are very few blackjack players that ever think about this. There are even fewer gamblers that are able to use it to their advantage. But if you can use this method occasionally, you can win a lot of money.

When dealers pass out the cards, they’re supposed to do it in a certain way. When a dealer passes out cards the correct way, you never get the opportunity to see any cards except yours. But when a dealer passes cards out the wrong way, sometimes you can see the value of other cards. This is known as hole carding.

Closeup of Blackjack Table

The most important card is the face-down card in front of the dealer. When you watch the dealer place this card closely, you might just get a flash of the card value. Usually, you need to sit directly in front of the dealer to see this, but sometimes, you need to be to the side of the dealer.

Start watching the dealer like a hawk every time you play. Eventually, with practice, you might just see a few cards that can help you win. Of course, there are many uncertain values to take into account here. Not all dealers would just let that kind of information slip. You might have to track down some of the sloppiest dealers out there. But if you do manage to pull it off, it could work out well in your favor.

In Summary

Learning how to make a profit as a blackjack player is simple. You just need to start thinking like profitable blackjack players think. The problem is that most blackjack players never think about anything to do with the game outside of playing it.

Now, after reading this page, you know at least six things that you need to consider before playing blackjack online or at the casino. The cost of 6:5 blackjack is so much higher that it really shouldn’t be your first choice of play. And games with other bad rules are also costly.

Using a simple strategy chart is going to save you a lot of money at the tables. And when you start using counting systems, you might just see a better profit over time.