Blackjack Strategies That Fail



Blackjack is a well-known casino game that can be found in pretty much every casino across the globe- be it land-based or online.

Many proposed techniques may be found if you start exploring ways to increase your success at the blackjack table, especially if you are playing real money online blackjack. Only one technique really works, and that is to utilize an optimal play based on each hand’s comparison of your cards to the dealer’s up card.

Basic strategy is the phrase given to the method mentioned above, and it can be found online and in casino souvenir stores. Every one of the 13 dealer-up cards, as well as each conceivable hand, are listed on these cards. You locate your hand and the dealer’s card, then play where the row and column intersect.

Any other system will eventually fail compared to the basic strategy. Only if you learn how to count cards will this be an exception. Basic strategy is used by even card counters. Hole carding could also potentially work, but since it means getting knowledge of cards that are hidden, you would have to be superhuman to apply this to online blackjack where software runs the game.

Think it’s possible in Live dealer blackjack? Think again. Dealers make use of a Continuous Shuffling Machine (CSM), so you are fresh out of luck there too.

In order to save you time (and money), we have compiled a list of 7 blackjack techniques that don’t work. We’ve explained how they work as well as why they aren’t a smart idea.

Always remember that fundamental strategy and card counting are the only methods you should ever consider adopting as you discover more knowledge about the game of blackjack. Nothing else decreases the house edge as much, and computer duplications have mathematically demonstrated this.

Do Not Ever Bust

If you use the “never bust” strategy, you always hit with 11 or less and never hit with 12 or more. This means you will never bust.

Depending on the table regulations, the house edge while using a never-bust strategy is roughly 4%. Employing the appropriate strategy means you could potentially play with a house edge that is around 0.5%, thus this never-bust method is somewhere around eight times worse than the base strategy we have discussed previously.

It’s usually annoying or infuriating to bust only to see the dealer bust later in the hand, but the math shows that this never-bust approach is never a good idea.

Copying the Dealer

Mimicking the dealer means that if your total is 16 or less, you must draw another card, but if your total is 18 or more, you must stand. You’re also standing on a hard 17. A soft 17 is the only hand in question. Depending on the house rules, some dealers will hit on a soft 17 and others will stand.

It may appear that imitating the dealer is a good idea because the casino always has an advantage, and the dealer will obviously be playing in such a way that the casino maintains its advantage.

However, in blackjack, the house edge is largely established by the players being obliged to act before the dealer, so when they bust, they lose regardless of what occurs with the dealer’s hand. And in some circumstances, the method the dealer plays her hand isn’t the greatest option.

Negative Progression Method

You adjust your bets after a loss when you utilize a negative progression betting method. All negative progression systems share the similar characteristics of pursuing losses in the hopes of securing a tiny win while risking a massive loss that could potentially make you lose all your money.

Negative progression betting systems raise your bets by half of your previous wager, one and a half times, or sometimes even more than twice your prior bet. For example, the Fibonacci sequence begins with one, two, three, five, eight, thirteen, and twenty-one. To acquire the next number in the series, add the previous two numbers together. This indicates that the sequence will go on indefinitely.

Hopefully, you can understand why utilizing the Fibonacci sequence is problematic. You swiftly reach a point when the casino refuses to accept higher wagers, and you run out of cash. If you start with a bet of $10, you’ll soon find yourself wagering 13 or 21 times your initial stake or more.

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