4 common Blackjack Myths
Myth #1: a bad player is a burden.
Have you ever played blackjack? If so, you have heard some common blackjack myths about the game. Let's revise them. So let’s imagine this situation in play: The dealer shows a weak 5 upcard and all the players, including you, apply the right blackjack strategy and stand on a stiff hand. The last player to play before the dealer considers whether to hit or stand on a 16. He decides to hit; the dealer gives him a picture card, then the dealer flips a 10 in the hole and draws a 6 to his 15 for a 21, beating everyone at the table. You feel that if newbie would have stood like he was supposed to, the dealer would have gotten the picture card instead and busted, and everyone would have won, right? Technically yes but at the same time no, we will explain. It is known that inexperienced or reckless players can have an impact on the outcomes for other players at the table. However, this ‘mistakes’ have no mathematical long-term effect on a player's expected outcome. What is more, if a player playing horribly at any casino table can knock off your concentration at any time during a blackjack hand, we advise you to give it a break, change tables or play another day because if you don’t bring your ‘A’ game to the table, chances are it won’t be a rewarding experience – always play relaxed and focus on applying a blackjack basic strategy and know when to stop.
Myth #2: believing that you are about to win now.
Our second blackjack myth is about believing that you are about to win now – the dealer has won 6 hands in a row and since blackjack is an even game you will recover your losses, right? Wrong! The cards don’t care who you are or how many blackjack hands you got today or not, the next hand does not depend on whether you won or lost in the past; to be safe, don’t bet believing that you are about to win because that may not be the case, after all, there is still the luck factor in play here.
Myth #3: insurance.
The next myth is about insurance. Yes, those rainy days can be scary for some. Some believe that is always better to insure your hand against a dealer’s ace. Casinos usually encourage you to make insurance bets on a good hand against a dealer’s blackjack but if you already have a good hand the decision whether to insure it or not is entirely up to you. Let’s imagine this situation: you have a 20, by having two 10-value cards that the dealer would need, the odds of he/she getting a blackjack are worse and let’s face it, a 20 is a very good hand – don’t make a bad bet to protect a good hand, it is simply not worth.
Myth #4: it's all about luck.
The last myth of this blackjack guide is about luck. Some people say that it is impossible to win a blackjack game because it is a pure game of luck. This is believed by some because they do not understand the math behind it and assume the casino has all the maths on their side, thus requiring you to have massive amounts of luck to win something. Well, obviously there is luck involved here as at any other casino game, but finding a balance between luck and skill is the player’s job. Applying a good blackjack strategy, analysing other players moves and betting prudently can give you a considerable advantage against the house. The possibility of applying certain strategies (as mentioned previously in this blackjack guide) by skilled players is what separates the blackjack from other casino games where luck is either the most prominent or only factor to determine the outcome of a round.
To sum up
We are quite sure you have heard many more common blackjack myths and misconceptions about this classy game, but in this blackjack guide, we found these to be the most important to bear in mind when playing blackjack. The message here is to trust in yourself and play responsibly at all times; you are playing to have fun but also trying to win, so find a balance and enjoy a sweet blackjack hand at your favourite table.