|You ever been chilling, playing Blackjack at a
Vegas casino and realize about halfway through your wallet that you chose the wrong table?
Blackjack is such a universally recognized game that
when people see a game happening they hop right on without knowing the details of that
Choosing a Blackjack table should be like choosing stock;
because in the end youre making an investment.
So what should a gamer look for in a table? We give some
Check those Rules
Although both the CFL and NFL play American football, both leagues have rules that
slightly differ. Blackjack is the same; as rules can change depending on where you play.
Thats why a player should always check the table for
its house rules. Some tables pay 2 to 1, some stand on 17, some play with one
deck, some play with four. All these rules can drastically change how much money you
For example: In Atlantic City casinos, you'll find that at
most tables the dealer will usually stand on soft 17. Meaning even if the dealer has an
ace and a six (which could equal seven or 17) he has to stand. This decreases the house
edge to an average of less than .50 percent.
In Vegas, however, you're going to find tables where the
dealer hits on soft 17. On average the house edge using this rule with optimal blackjack
strategy hovers above .50 percent.
Usually, youll have the table rules listed literally
on the table. If not, we suggest asking the pit boss.
What are your Limits?
Is there anything more frightening or embarrassing than sitting at table thinking
its $25 per hand and it ends up being $100 per? Thats why we suggest opening
your eyes before you start playing and find out what the tables minimum is.
Youll usually find the minimum marked on a metal or plastic marker.
And, if youre a high roller, you can ask the dealer
or pit boss whats the most money you can throw down on one hand. Usually the limit
is $500. But be careful, sometimes players, caught up in the Vegas, high-roller,
atmosphere will bite off way more than their bankroll can chew. Nothings worse than
spending your three-day budget on one hand because youre trying to impress some
Megan Fox lookalike.
Know Your Tablemates
A lot of people look at Blackjack as me vs. the house but unless youre
playing online you need to be wary of who youre playing with as well. Someone else
not using proper Blackjack strategy at your table can quickly ruin many of your hands.
And if you make stupid plays like hitting on 16 at
the wrong time youll quickly fall out of favor with the rest of your table.
Thats why, before you start playing, you should take
a minute and analyze what kind of players are currently are at a table before sitting
down. If youre a novice you should try to find a more accommodating group to play
with; if youre an intermediate player you should do your best to find some pros.