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In order to win at Blackjack, a player must have a better hand than the dealer by getting closer to 21 without going over. If the player or dealer goes over 21, it is considered a “bust” and is automatically out of the hand. The player must finalize their hand before the dealer so they have the first chance to bust and thereby an advantage.

How much money do you have? How much money are you willing to lose? Every novice gambler should know what they are willing to lose and when to stop. There is nothing worse than thinking that you can “win your money back” and end up losing way more than you could afford. Thereby, the smart novice player will set a losing limit and a winning limit. If you lose your designated limit, you stop so that you don’t lose more than you can actually afford. Conversely, by setting a winning limit, it also reminds you to hit the brakes so that you can walk away a winner.

Styles of Betting

Flat betting

Always betting the same amount. You don’t increase or decrease by circumstance of play.

High-low betting

For instance, $5 is your low and $15 is your high. You keep betting $5 until you win. After you win, you keep betting $15 until you lose then go back down to $5.

Martingale system

Every time you lose a hand, you double the next hand. If you win, you keep betting the same amount. So you continue to bet $5 until you lose. If you lose, you bet $10. If you lose consecutively again, you bet $20. If you lose consecutively again, you bet $40, and so on and so on. This will ensure that you will always even out your losses, thereby you will always be ahead with your winnings. The problem with this system is that if you go on a losing streak, it requires you to have a lot of money to cover your bets. For example, if you lose seven times consecutively with a $5 bet each hand, your seventh bet has to be $640.

Progressive betting

This might be the best way to place your bet. Most advanced players prefer betting with this methodology. It maximizes on streaks that happen in the game. Every time you win, you progressively increase your bet until you lose, then you start over again. So if your first bet is $10 and you win twice, you move your next bet to $15, then if you win again you up your bet to $20, and so on and so on. This method always keeps you in the winning. At any given time, if you lose, you go back down to your original amount. So for example, with the same amounts shown above, let’s say you go on a crazy winning streak of 14 hands and you lose your 15th hand. This means that your bet on your 15th hand was $70. But prior to making that $70 bet, you have already won $460 dollars so, after losing your $70 bet, you have made $390.

When you arrive at Sycuan to play Blackjack, find yourself a nice table that you’re comfortable with especially the limits. If you ever wonder what you’re supposed to do, the dealer will always be nice enough to tell you what the “book” says. Remember, most people play the “book” so if you decide to go against it and it causes the players at the table to lose, people may get upset with you. It’s always awesome when the whole table wins but it’s never fun when you are the cause to the house winning. Be respectful of the dealer and the other players but never forget to always have fun!