Online casinos have seen a tremendous rise in popularity in recent years, especially in countries like India, where there is limited access to brick-and-mortar casinos. Online casinos offer some of the best casino games, including table games, slots, Keno, and even Wheel of Fortune.
Among all the games, one of the favorites, especially of professional gamblers, is blackjack. Let’s have a look at some tips which can help you achieve greater success at the game.
Learn the basics
As is well known, blackjack is a pretty simple game to learn. The goal is to get a hand whose total is as close to 21 as possible, without getting over. However, you must understand the basics of the game, and have a broad idea as to when is it better to hit, stand, double-down, or split.
As a consensus, blackjack has one of the lowest house edges amongst all the games offered in a casino, whether offline or online. With a basic knowledge and observation skills, you can bring down the house edge to about 0.5%, and with more practice and skills, it can be brought down even further.
Number of decks
Blackjack games are usually played with multiple decks, as it tends to make it difficult for players to keep a track of cards or employ strategies like card counting. Card counting is usually not beneficial in online blackjack games, as the cards are dealt with using a Random Number Generator software, which shuffles the deck after each card is dealt.
However, even in online casinos, you can try and find a blackjack game that is played with the least number of decks, as it will be easier to predict which cards are remaining in the deck.
Select a game that is suitable for you
Online casinos offer a number of blackjack variations, starting from the basic game, to Super Fun 21, Double Attack Blackjack, Chinese Blackjack, and Triple 7 Blackjack. There are also variations in doubling down as well as splitting. Games that allow to double down on any total are always better. Similarly, the house edge is decreased further when players are allowed to double down after splitting their cards.
Some blackjack tables pay 6 to 5 when offering games with a lesser number of decks, compared to the standard pay-out of 3 to 2.
Players must take such factors into consideration before selecting a table to join, as they can greatly influence the final outcome.
There are a number of betting strategies that you can follow while playing blackjack, like the D’Alembert system, Labouchere system, Oscar’s system, or the Martingale system. If you are a novice, it’s best to stick with Oscar’s system of betting, is it is the least risky, and helps you limit your losses if you are having a bad day at the table. If you have an appetite for taking risks, you can try aggressive strategies like Martingale’s system.
Stick to your bankroll
While it is easy to get carried away while winning, it is even easier to lose more money when you are already losing. If you have had a losing streak, it’s always better to take a break and start again with a fresh mind, rather than getting impulsive and wagering in higher stakes. Always set a budget before you start playing. If you exhaust it, stop playing and try again on another day.
Know when to stop
Like with all other gambling games, you should know when to leave the table. If you have been lucky and had a winning streak, and have had a decent profit, it’s best to call quits and leave the game. Remember, the house edge will always catch up, and it is more likely to play out, the longer you play.