Never Dos 4LMag December 17, 2014 Gambling Blackjack Gambling Tips Brought to you by Sycuan Casino 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. When it comes to Blackjack, there are many factors involved that can help you reduce your losses and increase your winnings. Here are some things that are simply beyond statistical play. Never believe that some tables or dealers are better or worse than others The gambling Gods do not bless some tables or some dealers. Everything is random chance. The one thing you do have control over is how many people are sitting at the table, the number of decks being used, the betting limits, and how the people at the table are playing. If you’re not comfortable in any situation, don’t sit down simply because it’s the only spot available. If you stick to your strategy and still lose, you don’t want to walk away blaming it on bad juju or karma. Never believe tipping increases your odds Tipping is a great gesture from any patron to anyone performing a service to you. Unless the dealer is cheating, it has zero outcome on your winning percentage. Don’t walk away angry thinking that the dealer did not help you out when you were placing “bet tips” for them. Tip your dealer because you are generous and it’s the right thing to do, not because you think it will help you win. Never “marathon” play When your body is tired, your mind will follow. Remember to take breaks and rejuvenate yourself. You can sit out a hand without losing your spot at the table. Take a water break, bathroom break or just a breather by getting up and walking around a little bit. The fresher your body and mind are, the less likely you will make mistakes that go against your own strategy. Never drink too much If you are looking to win, you need to stay sharp enough to make the right decisions at the right time. If you have been heavily drinking, your judgment will be impaired and thereby you will do things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do. If your goal is to have a good time whether you win or lose, by all means, have fun and have drinks but know your limits with the cocktails as well as your bets. Never let your emotions affect your logic For a strategy to work, you must implement and follow it at all times. This way, you will reduce your losses and increase your odds of winning. If you let your mood change your behavior, you will never have consistency so you will never know if you have a winning strategy or a losing one. This game is by the numbers. If you think that your mood has any influence, there is some land on the moon we’d like to sell you.