The game of blackjack, also known as “21,” has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. This is most likely due to the apparent simplicity of the game. I say apparent because even though the object of the game is easily understood, the complexities are widely overlooked.
If you ask a blackjack player what the object of the game is, they will most likely tell you it is to draw a card total as close to 21 as possible. This is a widely held belief, but it is incorrect. The sole object of the game is to beat the dealer.
To win, the player must either have a higher value hand than the dealer or have a valid hand under 21 when the dealer exceeds that target. Exceeding the total of 21 by either the player or dealer is referred to as “busting.”
In the 40 years I have spent gambling in หหริำะ casinos I have experimented with a wide variety of playing and betting methods. Some of these methods were marginal at best, but some that I’ve used were excellent performers. The long odds payoffs on the inside layout (the numbers) combined with a disciplined wagering system have the ability to produce exceptional results.
Although I agree that in the “long run” no system can overcome a negative expectancy, it is in the “short run” that the player must exercise the discipline to always quit when winning.
Blackjack had always been a fabulous profit producer for the casinos and was always considered to have a huge house edge prior to the mid 1960’s. It was at this time Dr. Edward O. Thorp wrote his groundbreaking book “Beat The Dealer.”
Dr. Thorp’s book offered the first explanation of card counting techniques and how by tracking the depleted cards would give the player an advantage over the dealer.
Prior to this time no one had any idea that altering the composition of the deck would actually shift the advantage between the dealer and player depending on the cards that were dealt.
More importantly, those same computer trials produced a “basic strategy” for playing the individual hands based on the dealer’s exposed card. Despite all that has been written on the subject, the correct strategy for properly playing their hands is actually known by very few players.
Although I regularly hear the “experts” say that the roulette wheel cannot be beaten, that the player is guaranteed to lose, I cannot help but to disagree. Losses do occur at times, but on balance, I have been a net winner my entire life. If it can’t be beaten, how is that possible?
Though most blackjack authorities claim that their strategies are based on either computer trials, mathematical calculations or a combination of the two, I have found that their resulting strategies are in no way consistent.
Despite the increased house edge against the player, there are still some advantages to playing roulette. First, it can be a very relaxing game and provides a nice diversion from some of the more serious table games. It can be an enjoyable way to pass the time.
Secondly, since it is a game with a low expectancy of a winning outcome, it can be played with very low table minimums or starting capital.
This is not to say that it is impossible for the intelligent player to win playing roulette. On the contrary, compared to wagering on slot machines or the BIG 6 wheel where the percentages range from 10% on certain machines, to as high as 18% against the player it is by far a better bet.
My problem with the “experts” regarding roulette is that they look at the negative house percentage and quickly dismiss it as a game that cannot be beaten. Their real life casino gambling seems to be either very limited or possibly nonexistent. My own personal experience is in sharp contrast.
The game lends itself nicely to even money wagering on the outside of the table layout and most “up as you win” wagering systems tend to also be profitable when combined with reasonable expectations.
The player’s advantages are clear. The low capital requirements make it ideal as a low risk venue. The pace is leisurely and the rules uncomplicated with low table minimums. There are playing strategies that will, in the short run, give the player the opportunity for very attractive gains.