A Beginners Guide to Blackjack – Basic Strategy and Tips

If you’re new to Blackjack, you probably have a lot of questions. If you don’t want to leave the table empty-handed, there are a few things you should know. This stuff is too simple for the pro’s, but every beginner should read this article.

The basics of blackjack

The goal of the game is for your hand to equal 21, called a Blackjack, or have the highest hand closest to 21 without going over. If you go over, you “bust” and lose. And if you have only 13 for example, but the dealers busts, you win. To “hit” means you want the dealer to give you another card. If you don’t want another card and wish to stay where you’re at, you are choosing to “stand.” There are other strategies to playing blackjack such as doubling down, splitting, insurance and surrendering, but those are beyond the basics of blackjack.

Who wins in a tie, me or the dealer?

In almost all casinos, a tie is called a “push,” and the player will get their money back. Nobody loses their money. There are casinos where a tie in Blackjack might result in a loss for the player, but these rules are rare. Make sure you check house rules for tables games wherever you’re playing. If the dealer wins in a push, you shouldn’t be playing at that casino.

What are my odds of winning in a game of Blackjack?

The house usually has an advantage of about 8%. This happens because they are the last player to lay down their card, which gives all other players a chance to bust before it’s the dealers turn. These odds can be reduced by effectively learning the game at an advanced level and understanding the probability of busting based on the cards in your hand and what could still be in the dealer’s hand or the deck. For example, only 30 percent of the deck is worth 10, making the old strategy of assuming the dealer has a 10 useless.

How much money do I need for an afternoon playing Blackjack?

The amount of money you want to spend depends entirely on your budget and the minimum bet of the table you’re playing. Dealers are fast and you can probably fit in about 25 hands in 15 minutes at a full table. At a $5 table, that’s $125 at least. Of course this isn’t taking into consideration any wins. If you just want to play and are looking to get in some decent playing time, consider playing a $1 table, where $50 can have you playing for about a half-hour if all your hands are losses. Obviously, wins will increase your playing time drastically.

What the heck is the dealer saying after I cut a new deck?

This one is funny, because even many experienced blackjack players don’t understand what the dealer is saying when they split a new deck. It happens so fast and casinos are noisy. The dealer is actually calling out “shuffle check” to the pit boss, which indicates that the cards have been cut. This ensures that the deck is not rigged.

A basic strategy to get you started

This is a basic strategy to help you get started understanding blackjack. If your hand equals 12-16 or the dealer has 2-6, it’s called a “stiff” hand. If you and the dealer both have a stiff hand, you should stand. If you have a 17 or better, or the dealer has a 7 and an Ace, it’s called a “Pat” hand. If you have a Pat hand, you should stand. If you have a stiff hand and the dealer has a pat hand, you should hit.

The Roulette Betting Strategies That Work For Me

Roulette is one of my favorite casino games which able to make me some winning money especially from online casinos. Although I did not win at all my bets, but I am able to exit with net winnings almost daily by using some of strategies I picked from free casino eBook with titled “Roulette Winning Betting Strategies Revealed”. Let me share one of the strategies that work for me.

I was invited to review the eBook with titled “Roulette Winning Betting Strategies Revealed” written by Kevin Belington. I found that it is one of the best free e-books that disclose most of betting strategies taught in other casino ebooks that sell for money. Kevin, the author of the book had explained the common strategies used by most casino players and how these strategies may cause risks if the outcomes are not results as expected. Then, he explained how he modified the common strategies so that the strategies work best for him and help him to win at casinos consistently.

I try to test each strategy at the online casino recommended by the author since I am also a registered player for that online casino. Basically, the betting strategies work find as the strategies had tried to take into consideration of various outcome possibilities. But, I found that not all the strategies suit my playing characteristics. And, these strategies will even work best for me with a minor modification. Let review one of the strategies of my best pick from the book:

64% Column/Line Betting Strategy

This strategy required you to wait for 4 consecutive Roulette’s outcomes to fall on the same column or line before you place your bet on the two columns which are not the outcomes. You need to triple your betting amount on each loss and you need to take the loss if the next 3 consecutive outcomes continue to fall on the same column as the last 4 runs when you start your bet.

How I Implement It

Although the 4 consecutive outcomes fall on the same column or line are common for Roulette, and most of time, I will be able to make winning within the next 3 runs. But, I would like to play safe and take care of the worst scenario I ever met such 8 consecutive outcomes on the same column/line and 6 consecutive outcomes on the same columns with 2 turn of zero; I always wait for 6 consecutive outcomes to happen on the same column/line before you start my bet; and I make sure my bankroll have enough money to cover to next 3 runs when there is a need to increase my betting amount if I hit the loses.

By tightening the condition from 4 consecutive outcomes to 6 consecutive outcomes that fall on the same column/line before I start my betting actions, I will need to wait at a long time for the condition to meet, but it helps me to cover for the worst condition and minimize the risk of losing my money.

Summary

The free ebook, “Roulette Winning Betting Strategies Revealed” basically is a good casino playing guide, but you need to use the strategies smartly and implement them in the best way that work best for you.

Roulette: The Game of Remarkable Comebacks

In casino gambling, sometimes even the most knowledgable players turn to blind luck to make it through their day. Of course, luck can never be relied on; either things will go the right way for you or they won’t. The great thing about casino gambling is that luck has to be with you for only a moment to make a difference in what could’ve easily been a bad day.

Roulette is, in my opinion, the best game to play where you can turn blind luck into a great casino story to tell your friends.

Recently, my family dragged me down to the casinos of Atlantic City. I’m not going to lie to you – I wasn’t feeling very lucky and would’ve much preferred to stay home. Since I was ‘forced’ to go, my goal was to go into hiding, play slow and steady, kill time and grind it out until my folks were ready to come back home. I thought I had everything covered.

Well, I spent a little time at the $10 craps tables, but mostly I played $20 pai gow and then some $15 blackjack. I couldn’t for the life of me get anything going and instead of treading water, I was bleeding money the whole afternoon. After about 4 hours I was down $435, which could’ve been worse but it was obviously far from the result I wanted.

I was close to broke and ready to go home as I met back up with my family. Suddenly I had a crazy idea. “I have to do one more thing before we go. I’ve gotta go to the roulette table.” My family gave me an indifferent shrug and followed, as they’re mostly slot players and all table games are Greek to them.

The plan was to throw down a few more bucks and try to get back all the money I lost in one shot. I went over the math in my head as I walked over to the roulette table. I was down $435, so I knew a $40 bet at 11-1 could get me back to even. Hopefully.

I found a roulette table and gave $40 to the dealer, to which she handed me 8 red nickels. I reached and put all the chips on ’28 Street’. (It’s a three number bet – either 28, 29 or 30 would win for me.) The dealer spun, I stood near the roulette wheel, and prayed!

The ball slowed down and bounced around the wheel for several tense seconds as I rooted for one of my three numbers. It popped into number 2 and stayed there for a moment – and then dropped into the number two slots over.

Number 28, black, even.

I went absolutely crazy! I screamed and pumped my fists, hollering and running up and down the aisle as the dealer paid me $440 on my $40 bet – eleven to one – and the floor supervisor tried in vain to get me to calm down. My family was in as much disbelief as I was that I had such a dramatic comeback.

Just like that, I got my money back! I tipped the dealer $5 leaving me with exactly as much money as I came with. I’ll take a draw over a loss any day! On that note, we left and headed home. Dinner that night was on me.

It’d be irresponsible of me to recommend you try something like this on a regular basis. American roulette has a house edge of 5.26%, so over the long run this move will lose you more money than you’ll win – theoretically 5.26% of what you bet. Roulette’s not the best game to play if you plan on sticking around the table for hours and hours because of this house advantage. For a single spin, however, it’s pretty much a given that you’re relying on luck, so house edge really doesn’t matter as much.

If you do choose to try this out the next time your back’s against the wall, here are some recommendations:

It’s better to bet in a way so that you get just enough to be even for the day as opposed to trying to hit a home run, so to speak. If you’re down $350, try betting $10 on a number straight up for a possible 35-1, or $45 on a corner (4-number) bet which would pay 8-1. Sure, you could win more if you bet, say, $25 straight up on one number and it hits, but the odds of it happening are a bit on the long side, and you’d be down that much more money if the play didn’t hit.

Consider this type of play a last resort. If it doesn’t work the first time, don’t try it again! If you do, you could easily be caught in the trap of chasing your money, where your bets would get bigger and bigger with the hopes of hitting just once. Rarely does a bank-chasing situation have a happy ending.

A blind-luck roulette play could very well get you through your next day at the casino, but here hoping it doesn’t come down to all that.

Until next time, take care and good luck in the casino!

Ten Tips to Use the Law of Attraction to Win at Casino Gambling

The Law of Attraction is the Law of the Universe that states that what you think about and focus on is what you will physically draw into your life to experience.

But what if you wanted to create more money for yourself by winning at gambling. Will the Law work for you then? The answer is Absolutely! — as long as you are vibrating in the right place mentally while you are doing it.

You see, I know this for a fact because I have been both studying the Law of Attraction for 20 years as well as enjoyed gambling for approximately the same amount of time; and I can tell you without a doubt that as my studying and learning has progressed, so has my winnings and jackpots!

While this article will mostly be focused on winning at Video Poker games in casinos (because it is personally my favorite to play and I know the most about it) I am sure you will find a lot of tips here that can help you win at other games as well.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get into vibrational alignment with winning as well.

1. Don’t gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.

Now, this may sound like typical “moral” advice that anyone would tell you, but from a Law of Attraction standpoint it is especially important. The fact of the matter is, if you are playing with rent or bill money then you are playing with scared or guilt money! Playing with scared money will put you in a negative vibrational place right from the start and will make it much more difficult to draw more money to you.

If money is a little tight right now – start a JACKPOT JAR in your home. (Be sure to write Jackpot Jar on it by the way. This way every time you look at it you are giving yourself a positive affirmation. Eventually you will come to believe that that is exactly what it is. ) Put some money in it every week. It doesn’t matter if it is $2, $5 or $10. Just put a little aside until you have accumulated the amount you would like to bring to the casino with you. Maybe you can cash in the penny or change jar you have sitting in the corner of your bedroom that is doing nothing.

The point is to go on your trip with “guilt-free” or “fear free” money. You will automatically be in a better vibrational place knowing that it really doesn’t matter if you win or lose it, as long as you have fun!

2. Visualize Winning Before You Go

My father was one of the luckiest Video Poker players I have ever met. When he hit, it was usually for some pretty big amounts. I remember a $13,000 jackpot, a few $8,000 jackpots and too many $4,000 and $1,000 jackpots to count.

Now the funny thing is my father didn’t technically believe in the Law of Attraction per se, but a favorite hobby of his was to daydream (or visualize) about his next trip to Atlantic City and how he was going to win. He would say things like “First I am going to go to the quarter machine and hit $1,000 there, then I am going to take that money and go play the dollar machine and hit $4,000 there and then I am going to sit for an hour or two winning smaller amounts until I hit the big one.” (Is it any wonder I am a fan of Video Poker when I see someone win at it so easily?)

Now again, he didn’t do these visualizations as a “technique” to help him win, he just did it because it was fun for him think about. Regardless of the reason why he was doing it – I can tell you it absolutely worked!

It got to the point where if he won less than 3 jackpots in a weekend, it was considered a “slow” weekend.

Eventually he got so good at winning – the thought of losing didn’t even enter his mind. And Law of Attraction being what it is (what you think and believe is what you get) he hardly ever did lose.

So start visualizing winning before you even go. Start small if a “huge jackpot” seems too unbelievable to you. Say O.K. first, I’ll win $100 here, then win $300 there. Imagine the perfect hands that will be dealt to you. Feel the excitement you would feel as if you had really won. Envision yourself counting a huge wad of bills on your trip home and how good it feels. Do this as often as possible before your trip so you are already on a great vibrational level before you even arrive at the casino.

3. Practice at Home

If you are reading this, chances are you have access to the internet. The internet has tons of free sites where you can practice “winning.”

Find your favorite game free online and practice how winning feels. (Don’t pay attention to any losing hands in your free play) just focus on how “easy” it is to win. Feel as if you are playing with real money. Feel the excitement, feel your confidence grow as you get one winning hand after another.

Now that you are fully prepared for your trip, here are more tips for when you get there:

4. Watch Your Words

While negative thoughts can keep you from winning, those thoughts spoken aloud can be ten times more powerful. Be careful not to fall into typical “casino talk” that is so common for players. For instance:

How much are you down?

How much money do you have left?

Nobody seems to be hitting today (or the opposite).

Everybody seems to be hitting today except me.

I’m never lucky in this place.

I can’t get any play.

I can’t seem to do anything

I hate this placev

This place Sucks!

Remember, Universe is following your lead. When you utter these kinds of thoughts and feelings, universe responds as always by bringing more of it to you.

Try more positive statements such as:

My winning machine is calling to me right now, I just have to listen.

My jackpot is waiting for me here somewhere and I am going to find it.

The right machine is going to jump right out at me.

I love coming here, I always have such a good time!

5. Truly Enjoy The Game While You Are Playing

Stop focusing on the credits that are going in and out or the amount of chips left on the table and bring your focus back to the enjoyment of the game itself.

There have been many times, especially in Video Poker where I have gone into “auto-mode”. I have been playing the game for so many years, that not much thought is needed to automatically hold certain cards that are dealt in a hand. Unfortunately this leaves my attention open to focus on the amount of credits in the machine instead, and if the amount is going down, my vibration goes with it.

I have since learned to refocus on the fun of the game itself. I now slow down my auto response. I sometimes pretend to be a novice to the game. I get myself deliberately excited over something as little as a pair of 2’s that are dealt to me, wondering how cool it would be to draw another one –possibly even two more of them! Yeah! I no longer wait for only the “big” hands to get me excited. I purposely enjoy the game. The more I enjoy, the more I am vibrating positively. The more I am vibrating positively, the more good hands I bring to myself that give me something to be genuinely happy about.

So slow it down. Remember why you are there. To have fun. If you are focused on having fun, the money will come naturally.

6. Switch Up Your Game

Did you ever wonder why “beginners luck” occurs so often? I firmly believe it is because a person who doesn’t know how a game is played, can’t have any negative thoughts or resistance associated with it.

An experienced video poker player may know that 9 out of 10 times that 5th card for the Royal Flush will not come up, but a novice has no idea. So where an experienced player might not believe it is going to happen because it is usually difficult, a novice has no such mental resistance.

If you feel you are not having any luck at your usual game of choice, go play a game you have no clue about. I can’t tell you how many times I have won money and didn’t even know what I hit or did to get it. What fun! Then I take the winnings from that and go back to my usual game with a whole new winning vibration.

7. Go on a Good Luck Charm Treasure Hunt

So, do good luck charms really work? We are talking about Law of Attraction here, so obviously they will work if you believe they will.

Does it have to be a certain charm? Not at all. My mother and I have been going to Atlantic City together for years. One of our favorite things to do when things are going slow is go on a Good Luck Charm Treasure hunt.

When someone wins a machine jackpot, the casinos place little white cards in the coin slot that says “Congratulations! You are a winner!, as the person is getting paid. Quite often people leave these lying around and I love to find them and use them as my good luck charm because they already have winning associated with them. If however, after 4 or 5 hands they haven’t brought any luck, we look for other things.

Sometimes it can just be a swizzle stick lying around. I will pick it up and hold it out as if it is the Holy Grail and claim “This is it! This is the one!” and gently place it on my machine. We’ve had more fun coming up with the strangest of charms to use and experiment with.

One time we drew a little Kilroy figure on a piece of paper. (You know the guy with the big nose and hands looking over the wall?). We put him on the top of our machine and had all sorts of fun with him. We would rub his little bald head before hitting the play button. My mom would turn him over and make him face the wall if he didn’t give us the second hand we wanted. We ended up having such a good time and so many laughs, that we ended up doing very well that day.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it was “Kilroy” who made us win, but we were having so much fun playing with him, our mood and vibration so light and happy, that Universe had no choice but to respond in kind and matched our vibration with lots of winning hands and money. Remember it is all about the vibration you are sending out. Abundant good feelings brings more abundance in other ways.

8. If You Can’t Change Your Negative Vibe – Walk Away For Awhile

Sometimes no matter what you do, you can’t shake a losing attitude. If you find this happening to you it is time for a little mental distraction. You know the saying “No sense in throwing away good money after bad”

If you are operating from a negative place, it will only bring more negative (i.e. more losing). So it is time to walk away for awhile and change your mood in other ways. If you are lucky enough to have a hotel room go there for awhile. Rent a $10.00 comedy on the television (believe me you would lose a lot more than that if you kept playing negatively for 2 hours on the casino floor) and lighten your mood.

Maybe go window shopping in the Casino mall, listen to the live band playing in the lounge, go for a walk on the boardwalk or the strip. Go get yourself a great snack or meal you would normally not eat at home. Up your vibration, feel better and then go back and play. Again, it is all about vibration.

9. Put Your Emotion Into Your Winning Hands – Not Your Losing Ones

Let’s say you have 4 cards to a winning hand dealt to you and you do not pull the last card that you need. What is your immediate first response? Do you feel hopeful that at last the cards are starting to line up for you and a winning hand is on its way soon or do you feel disappointment or anger that you “missed” it and find yourself fuming for the next 20 minutes.

Again, your vibrational reaction makes all the difference. If you focus only on the hands you didn’t win guess what you will get? More non-winning hands. If you put your emotion into the excitement of the winning hands, no matter how small, guess what you will get? More winning hands.

Learn to change your focus and put more of your happy emotion into the winning hands only. This leads us to the last and most important tip to winning more with the Law of Attraction.

10. Gratefulness

Personally I have found that nothing helps me win more than constant gratefulness while I am playing. If I win even as little as 5 coins I will say “Thank you Universe and more of that please!” Like I mentioned above, I purposely get myself more excited about the wins and have learned to feel little or no emotion at the losses. I also make a concentrated effort to appreciate every thing around me. I am grateful for the air conditioned casino in the summertime. The fun sounds and lights I am surrounded by. The free drinks. The shouts of people winning at the craps table across the casino ( I love hearing the excited sounds of others winning! It boosts my spirits and makes me want to win even more, so I can share in the excitement.) I enjoy the company of the people I go down to the casino with, the food in all the restaurants, the clean hotel room.

Remember the reason you went was to have fun. Make that your priority and Universe will respond in kind and make sure it is fun for you.

Happy Creating!