The best blackjack strategy you can follow includes utilizing basic
strategy, so read up on it! And as we mentioned earlier, good blackjack
strategies also include some good bankroll management. Most people understand
this, but don't know exactly what it means we should do.
To take good care of your bankroll means to be aware of what level it's
at, aware of how much fluctuation you're prepared for, and following pre-set
limits for wins and losses. The limits may be the most important aspect
of your bankroll management strategies. Going into a game knowing at what
point you will be walking away is a very valuable the ally. Setting both
a win limit and a loss limit is more powerful still. Most people simply
go with a bankroll and if they lose it they lose it, and if they happen
to win they'll enjoy it, and often keep winning until they start losing.
If you go with a bankroll though, and set a loss limit (which has to
take into account that in some games your bankroll will fluctuate more
than in others) that you know you will walk away from the game at, you're
at an advantage. If you take the extra step to say 'if I win X% of my
bankroll' I'll walk away up and happy. Strangely enough this limit is
even harder to set, and almost impossible to follow when you're on a win
streak. Many professional gamblers utilize blackjack strategies that have
them stop if they bonus their bankroll by about 20%. While that may not
seem like a lot, it's a healthy win, and you should be pleased with it.
Another good way to play with your bankroll is to play only with your
winnings. This, of course, is only possible if you happen to start into
a winning session, but when you do, you should take advantage. This is
one of my favorite blackjack strategies, and deadly effective. Start with
your bankroll, and if you happen to go up early by 50%, pocket your original
money, and play only with your winnings. Follow this methodology over
again, and if you win while playing with these winnings, pocket the bankroll
again. The trick is forcing yourself to believe that they money you're
playing with has now become your bankroll, and anything pocketed is completely
out of reach.
There are many oversimplified bad blackjack strategies floating around
the Internet, and we'd like to clear up some of the confusion. The following
list includes some of the most commonly used bad blackjack strategies:
Imitate the Dealer strategies
If the dealer has an edge, then if we did exactly what the dealer does,
we should inherit that edge. This is completely false. Consider the fact
that the dealer will still win when you bust, but you can still lose if
the dealer busts. You'd always have to stand on 17, you'd still lose on
a dealers Natural Blackjack, even with a 21.
Never Bust strategies
Eliminating the possibility of busting (by never choosing to hit when
you could bust), by some peoples logic, should help your game, as the
statistics state we bust an average of
well a lot. The problem with
this strategy is that it's too strict. You're ruining your game if you
truly choose to never even hit a 12.
10 value hole-card
Although it is tempting to assume that the dealer must be holding a hole-card
with a value of 10, it's an incorrect assumption. Although there are more
10-value cards than any other value, the percentage of 10-value cards
is still below 50%. Logically we should be thinking it's something other
than a 10.