Blackjack Hand Signals

Blackjack is the most popular online casino game outside of online slot games. It is also a game where it is easy for players to make mistakes. Some mistakes are due to inexperience while others come from players not understanding the nuances of the game. Today, we will take a look at five of the most common mistakes blackjack players make. Knowing these potential mistakes will help you avoid them.

Math Errors

Believe it or not, there are many people that have a little trouble with basic math in this game. The most common math error comes when calculating a total with an ace. For example, if you have A-9, you have 20. Some people forget that the ace is 11 or 1 and think they have 10.

Other common errors happen when a person is not able to calculate numbers quickly in their head or they are nervous. Many of us take counting in our heads for granted, but not everyone is as quick-witted. If you’re someone that needs a little extra time to calculate your total, take your time to do so.

That’s one great thing about online blackjack games. You can always see the total and don’t need to do much in the way of math.

Playing 6:5 Blackjack

Some people will sit down at a 6:5 blackjack table without knowing they are making a mistake. A standard blackjack game will pay 3:2 for a blackjack. Many beginners don’t know that there are different blackjack paytables, just like there are different video poker paytables.

6 to 5 Blackjack

However, a 6:5 blackjack game has worse odds than a 3:2. That’s because you’re getting less money for a blackjack. For a $100 wager, you’ll get $150 for a blackjack on a 3:2 table as opposed to $120 on a 6:5 table.

The house edge goes up 1.5% when you play 6:5 blackjack. That’s a massive jump in house edge. If your only option is 6:5 blackjack, go play some video poker.

Taking Insurance

Insurance is another bet that has a massive house edge. The way insurance works is that if a dealer has an ace showing, they offer an optional side bet which is worth half of your bet. If you win the bet, you win 2 to 1 on your Insurance bet and lose your original bet. Effectively, you’re betting extra money to break even on a bet.

The house edge on insurance is 7.69%. Using basic strategy, the house edge on standard blackjack is 0.5 to 1%. You’ll lose a lot less over time by just playing the hand out without the side bet.

Splitting 20

If you look down to two face cards, two tens, or a combination of the two, you may be tempted to split those pairs. After all, you could get lucky and make two big hands and double your money. However, what usually happens is that you give the dealer a better chance to catch lucky and bet you for double your bet.

Splitting 10s

When you’re dealt 20, the only way a dealer can win is to make 21. The majority of the time, you are going to win the hand with 20. Overall, the number of times you split 20 and win is not going to outpace the times you lose by splitting. Take the high percentage win and move on to the next hand.

Playing Without Knowing Basic Strategy

While you can play blackjack without using strategy, it is not advised. As already mentioned, basic strategy can lower the house edge to between 0.5 to 1%. If you don’t use a basic strategy, that house edge rises to around 2% on average. It can be higher, particularly if you’re making side bets, play insurance, or are playing a 6:5 table.

Learning basic strategy takes a bit of practice, but it can be mastered. However, you are allowed to use cheat cards at live blackjack tables. When playing online blackjack, you can have all of the materials you want.

Why are cheats allowed? Because you cannot completely eliminate the house edge with cheat cards. The house will still make its money, so they will let you have the illusion that you’re cheating them. The money you save with the cheat cards will be made back in other ways, whether it is at other casino games or from other amenities at the casino.

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James Guill

James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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James Guill is a veteran of the gambling media industry. James started his career as a semi-professional poker player, traveling the US to play tournament poker. In 2008, he transitioned to the media side. Since that time, James has worked for many established brands, including PokerNews, OnGame, Bwin, CardPlayer Lifestyle, Poker Junkie, and Ivey Poker. He also wrote for PokerNews Australia and once had his work featured on G4’s Attack of the Show.

James has a wealth of gambling knowledge and can write on most topics. He also keeps an eye on the growing Bitcoin gambling market and is a HODLer of BTC and several top altcoins. Check out James’ Game of the Week feature, covering the latest and greatest online slot games. James is also a part-time picker, traveling around Virginia looking for deals to flip.

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