Casual blackjack players don’t go to casinos often, but when they do, they really enjoy both the atmosphere and the anticipation of winning. But they often commit two major strategy errors that make their casino experience less enjoyable and profitable. One is inconsistent play and the other is impatient betting.
When casual players first sit at a blackjack table, they have a pretty good understanding of basic playing strategy. But after a while, many will start to have doubts and change the way they play the tough hands. They also begin to hesitate more, ask the dealer what the “book” says, or ask other players what to do. Gradually, blackjack becomes a bit stressful and less enjoyable for them. Listed below are the hands that give these players the most problems:
1.) 16 against the dealer’s ten or ace…do you hit, stand, or surrender?
2.) 16 against the dealer’s seven…do you hit or stand?
3.) 12 against the dealer’s two or three…do you hit or stand?
4.) Soft 13 through soft 17 against the dealer’s five or six…do you double down or hit?
5.) Pair of 8’s against the dealer’s ten or ace…do you split, hit, stand, or …