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Most of us don’t play perfect Blackjack, but even small mistakes can increase the house edge and cut into your returns.
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No one likes to bust in Blackjack, but sometimes you have to try to improve your hand, even if it means risking going over 21.
Here’s how it works. If the dealer has 7, they’ll make a qualifying hand 3 out of 4 times. Your 16 won’t be good enough. Yes, you’ll around half your stake in this scenario. But in the long run, if you hit on 16, you lose 15% less. A goal saved is as good as a goal scored!
Doubling down is one of your secret weapons in the battle against the dealer. With 11 against a 9, you’ll win 50% more profit on average if you double instead of hit.
Not comfortable betting more on the hand? It probably means you bet too much of your stack. Reduce your bet per hand to 2-5% of your stack and you’ll always be comfortable if doubling is the best strategy.
You know the saying. A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. This is the Blackjack version. With 20, you’re a big favourite against most dealer hands.
With a hand worth 20, you’ll make 70p profit on average from a £1 stake. With 2 x 10s, you have to stake £2 and you’ll make just 50p average profit in total. The maths never lies. Don’t get tempted to split a great hand into two with less potential.
We won’t preach about insurance, coz some players love it. But be aware that insurance is a side bet with a house edge of 7%, much bigger than your typical Blackjack game with a house edge of around 0.70%.
Insurance doesn’t actually insure anything either. You’re just betting that the dealer’s Ace becomes Blackjack. It’s still possible to lose your insurance bet AND your main hand.
Some of the worst blackjack mistakes are not about how you play your hand, but how much you bet. Blackjack is a low variance game where you win a few hands, push a few, lose a few. It’s rare to win or lose 10 hands in a row, but it will happen.
If you start chasing losses – increasing your bet size when you lose - by using strategies like the Martingale system, your bankroll will eventually come to a sticky end. Practice sensible bankroll management, bet only what you can afford to lose, play it safe and have fun.
Want to go deeper into the logic behind these tips, and learn more about how to play Blackjack like a pro? Our no-nonsense Blackjack guide is where it’s at.
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