The Thinking Gambler’s Guide to Blackjack

Thinking Man and a Blackjack Hand

I’m going to challenge you to change the way that you think about playing blackjack for real money. And if you accept this challenge it’s going to make you a better blackjack player.

Blackjack players who win think about blackjack in a different way. If you want to win when you play blackjack you have to change the way you think.

This isn’t as hard as it sounds, as long as you have a guide to help. Here’s a guide that has six steps to help you change the way you think about blackjack. When you change your blackjack thinking you change your blackjack results.

Smart Blackjack Players Think About the Rules

The biggest issue most blackjack players have with the game is ignorance. This doesn’t mean that these players are dumb; it just means that they don’t know something important.

You might fall in this group. But if you do, you’re going to quickly learn how to move out of the area of ignorance.

Every rule in blackjack changes the return percentage that you can get when you play. Many blackjack players don’t know how much the rules influence their rate of return.

In simple terms this means that when you play blackjack with a good set of rules that you get a higher return than when you play blackjack with a poor set of rules.

Closeup of a Blackjack Hand

Now that you know that blackjack rules are important and know that you need to think about them, your next step is to learn which rules are better than others.

The first rule that you need to consider is also the most important rule. The amount you get when you have a blackjack is usually either 3 to 2 or 6 to 5. 3 to 2 is better than 6 to 5 and 6 to 5 is so bad that I refuse to play on any table that has this payout.

Take a few minutes to learn about other blackjack rules so you can identify the best tables and the worst ones before you play again.

How to Think About Insurance

A rule that every blackjack table I’ve ever played at offers is insurance. And I see blackjack players take insurance every time I play.

Blackjack tables and casinos have done a great job making insurance look like a good option. But it’s not a good option at all. And when you see how you should think about insurance you’re going to understand why it’s one of the worst casino bets.

Casinos show insurance as a way to break even or get even money when the dealer has a blackjack. But this isn’t what really happens. The bet on insurance is a disguised side bet that doesn’t offer a fair return.

What actually happens when you take insurance is you bet that the dealer has a card worth 10 points to go along with their ace. When they do have a blackjack you get paid 2 to 1. You also lose your starting hand bet, but this doesn’t have anything to do with insurance.

The dealer has a blackjack 4 out of 13 times, and doesn’t have a blackjack 9 out of 13 times. This means the ratio is 9 to 4, but you only get paid 2 to 1. This means that it costs you money every time you make an insurance wager.

Online or Live Casino Blackjack

Do you know the differences between playing blackjack in a live casino and playing it online or with mobile casino apps?

You might not think that there are differences between online and live blackjack play. This is what most blackjack players think. Of course they know that they don’t have to travel to a casino when they play online, but there are other important differences.

The two best reasons why you should play online and mobile blackjack are that it’s easier to find games with good rules and sometimes you can get a bonus.

Real Money Online Blackjack

But these two advantages aren’t enough to make online and mobile blackjack better than live casino blackjack.

You’re going to learn more about this in section five in this article, but the only way to win as a blackjack player is to count. You can’t use counting strategies when you play online and mobile blackjack. And you’re going to want to be able to count when you play blackjack.

If you refuse to count cards, and it isn’t that hard, then online and mobile blackjack is a good option. But I urge you to consider counting and leave online blackjack play to others.

Gambling Strategy Is the Best Thought

You learned that every rule in blackjack either helps your returns or hurts them. You also need to know that the way you play every hand that you get when you play blackjack also either helps your returns or hurts them.

Every blackjack hand has a best way to play it. You can’t guess what the best way is or play a hand a certain way one time and a different way another time. If you don’t learn blackjack strategy you’re not getting the best return that you can.

How do you know what the best way to play a blackjack hand is?

You can use two methods to figure this out. The first method is hard and the second method is easy.

The first method is run the odds for every possible way to play every hand. You run the odds and figure out which play offers the highest returns. You can do this, but it takes a lot of time and quite a bit of work with math.

The easiest way to do this is get a chart that someone else has compiled after they ran all of the odds and returns. These charts are available online and in casino and gambling stores.

Thinking About Counting Cards

Now that you know how to change your thinking about blackjack to get the highest possible return using the rules and strategy, it’s time to take the best step of all. This step is going to help you get more back than you lose when you play blackjack.

In other words, this is how you can use your thinking to become a winner at the blackjack table.

Casino Floor With Blackjack Tables

A problem that most blackjack players share is that they think counting is too hard. But once you learn how it actually works you can change this line of thinking because it’s not too hard. I don’t know any blackjack player capable of using blackjack strategy that can’t learn card counting to get an edge.

The only thing standing in between you and profits playing blackjack is the way you think. It’s time to change what you think about blackjack and counting.

An Inside Secret

I’m going to share an inside blackjack secret known as hole carding. It’s not really a strategy, but it can help you make money playing blackjack even if you don’t do everything else perfectly.

If you have a sharp eye and know where to look, sometimes you can see the card that the dealer places face down in front of them at the beginning of the hand. You’ve probably never seen this card value, but you’ve probably never tried to see it when you play.

Every time the blackjack dealer is passing out cards you need to watch closely. Keep your eyes on the cards and eventually you might find a dealer with poor technique.

A blackjack dealer with poor technique gets sloppy and shows the value of their down card from time to time. The best place to sit to have a chance to see card values is right in front of the dealer or opposite of their dealing hand.

This doesn’t require a lot of skill. You just need to pay attention and look in the right area.

Change the Way You Think About Blackjack

Playing blackjack the best way requires a shift in the way you think about the game. And this shift in thinking is the only way to have a chance to win.

The first thing you have to think about is the rules. Without the right set of rules you’re not going to win. Then you have to think about blackjack insurance the right way.

Online and live blackjack both offer plusses and minuses, but one option is better in the long run. Everything else that you need to do when you play blackjack involves using strategy, including advanced strategy techniques.