BLACKJACK IS NOT A TEAM SPORT
by The GameMaster
Every month, I'll be posting an article which will, I hope, make you a better Blackjack player. Naturally, the question follows: Just who am I to say I can make you a better player? My background in Blackjack began in Atlantic City in 1978 where I learned, by attending a four-session school, how to count cards. That led to considerable involvement with Blackjack teams and travel to a lot of places to take the casinos' money. After the liberal rules in Atlantic City were dumped by the casinos, my Blackjack-playing days went dormant for some time. I'd do the occasional trip to Reno or Las Vegas, but it wasn't until casino gaming came to Missouri in 1994 that I got back into Blackjack with both feet. Now I live close to 5 casinos, can play as much as I want and can tell you - with first-hand experience - how to win at Blackjack. My Website iswww.gamemasteronline.com
As the old saying goes, "If I can do it while holding a can of beer in my hand, itís not a sport" and it certainly applies to Blackjack. But what I mean here is that many players think the table must use some sort of cooperation in order to beat the dealer. Yes, team play can be a very effective way of extracting $$$ from the casinos and perhaps Iíll cover that in future articles. But what Iím talking about now is just you, a lone card counter, sitting down at a table occupied by players you do not know or at least with whom you have no agreement for sharing your wins or losses.
It wonít be long before you make a perfectly normal basic strategy play and someone groans or sighs or makes some other non-verbal comment about what you did that causes the entire table to lose the hand. It may be that you were last to act, dutifully split your pair of 9s versus the dealerís up card of 6, caught a 10 on each, then the dealer shows a 10 in the "hole" and hits it with a 5 to make 21. What they really wanted to say was, "Man, you took the dealerís bust card and if you had just stood, we would have all won the hand." Go, Team.
Most gamblers playing Blackjack (anointed as "ploppies" by card counters) genuinely believe that how others play their hands will affect the entire tableís results...
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