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Most fatal blackjack strategy #1
Keep aiming for a total of 17 every time

Of course you feel more confident with a hand value of 17 or more before the dealer starts drawing his or her own cards. The number 17 is itself a crucial fault line in the game, as it’s the point upon which many table rules insist the dealer must either stand or hit. We should point out here that those tables that command the dealer to always hit on soft 17 will statistically disadvantage the player by a few fractional percentage points. The reasoning? Even though, for the house, hitting on a soft 17 means a greater chance of busting, those occasions where the house doesn’t bust will mean a total that in all likelihood will be higher than yours.

That being said, it is often a prudent course of action to stand down on a lower-than-expected hand value and hope that the dealer will bust. Remember, once your hand busts you’ve lost around already, and the dealer won’t even need to draw any cards at all.

Most fatal blackjack strategy #2
Card counting when you don’t really know what you’re doing

Card counting is neither brain surgery nor is it kindergarten fundamentals. Although Edward Thorpe designed card counting to be accessible to the “average” player, this doesn’t mean the technique doesn’t require practice and studious application. Casinos love bad card counters – they’re like a bumbling Pink Panther scratching around in the dark. We can guarantee that you will lose more money counting cards badly than if you applied other statistical/rational – based methods.

Remember, even if you did know how to count cards effectively and accurately, you’d need to wear something of a poker face while at the table in order to disguise what would otherwise be a very concentrated expression on your face. The key is to appear disinterested, amateurish, and even bored… but in a way that’s casual, natural and not contrived in anyway.

Most fatal blackjack strategy #3
Taking insurance every time

Although a 10 value card is the single most common card value in the game (comprising tens and all face cards), it is a mistake to assume that the dealer’s second hole card on an ace opener will of necessity lead him to a blackjack. If you’re card counting, then your running count will advise you whether or not to take insurance. But if you’re not counting cards, then don’t assume that hedging your bets and taking insurance is necessarily the best strategy. If we were to talk cold hard mathematics, with need to point out that the “assume a ten” principle actually gives the house a statistical edge of just over 10%. That’s fairly astronomical for a game of blackjack, and it’s completely unnecessary to play the game at those odds. Always revert to pre-determined odds calculations, and make your bets according to that rather than according to your intuition or feeling.

The three most fatal blackjack strategies in the world…

postheadericon Oh Craps! 3 Craps Tips For The Rest Of Us

Craps can be a somewhat complicated game to play for the first time player. A simple glance at the craps table reveals a plethora of betting options available to the player: a Pass line, a Don’t Pass line, a Come, a Don’t Come. Of all the games available at the casino, craps is undoubtedly the most intimidating at first. But once you understand that every square on the craps board really just signifies different bets with different odds at different times you come to see that appearances can be deceiving and what appears like a convoluted and complicated game is in fact nothing more than a simple calculation of odds.

For first-time craps players, the Pass line is the most important and essential bet to understand. Every craps round has a designated shooter, whose job it is to roll the dice. If you bet on the Pass line, then you’re hoping for the shooter to roll a seven or an 11, which will instantly win you even money. In fact, the Pass line bet has the single lowest house advantage of all the bets available. It set at a little under 1.5 percent, which is in enormous contradistinction to some of the less recommended proposition bets that carry a house edge of as high as 16 to 17%.

Here are three tips for new craps players to become part of the action in no time at all:

Wait for your break

It is senseless joining a craps game in the middle of a round when everyone is eagerly awaiting the shooter’s next role. Rather wait for a break in the action to find the precise moment to place your bets. It is critical that you understand whether the game is in the come out round or in the point round. Remember, craps players are notorious for being the most jittery and certainly the most suspicious. If you’re still feeling your way around game for the first time, rather join a table where there is an absence of too much action, and where the frenzied bets over whether or not seven will imminently be rolled is more subdued.

Don’t touch the shooter… ever

Shooters feel under enough pressure as it is. And although their and your sentiments won’t affect the dice’s outcome in the slightest, it goes without saying that the entire table habr their eyes fixated on the shooter as they await his next role. Don’t badger the shooter, don’t berate him for throwing a number that doesn’t suit you, and certainly don’t try and hold his hand, pat his back or make any other inappropriate physical contact. The roll is what the roll is, and there is precious little you can do to change it.

Despite the pressure, don’t be scared to ask

In spite of the fact that craps moves at anything but a glacial pace, remember that it’s your money that’s been wagered, so if you’re unsure of any particular bet at any particular time, stop the boxman and ask him for clarification.

Oh Craps! 3 Craps Tips For The Rest Of Us