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Blackjack Basics: Always Insure a Good Hand

A FRIEND OF MINE WAS watching me play blackjack in a casino. I was playing heads-up against the dealer in a double-deck game. He didn’t say much to me while I was playing, other than giving me an “atta boy” when I beat the dealer, or offering condolences when the dealer pulled a miracle draw to beat me.
After about 45 minutes of playing we broke for lunch. My friend is a typical, casual blackjack player and he queried me about some of the insurance bets I made. “How come you sometimes insured your 20′s and other times you didn’t? And why in hell did you insure your 7? I always thought you’re supposed to insure your good hands and not your bad hands?”

I proceeded to explain to him the following:


Play Better Blackjack with John G

When it comes to playing correct blackjack strategy, players are faced with alot of decisions. The way you play them can effect your overall win percentage. So, know the number BEFORE you sit down.

Is playing at a multi-deck table that pays 6-5 on blackjack (which is not recommended) the same as playing a single deck table offering the same odds?

Find out what our Casino Guru John Grochowski has to say about it!


Blackjack: Playing Multiple Hands

Sometimes you will see a blackjack player playing two hands instead of one. Other times, you might see a player who has been playing one hand suddenly spread to two hands in the middle of the shoe because he has the misconception that, by “changing the flow of cards,” he will change the luck of the table. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as you are just as likely to keep losing as you are to start winning, so switching to playing two (or more) hands will not guarantee your luck will change.



Casino Knowledge: Q & A with John G.

Q. I play basic strategy blackjack, but I don’t count cards. I’m curious about team play. I heard about the MIT guys playing as a team. How does that work? They can’t help out each other at the table, can they? Where is there any extra advantage in playing as a team? Is it just in pooling their money?


A. Blackjack card-counting teams operate with one player counting cards while making minimum bets. When the count favors the players, the counter signals a big player, who joins the game and makes large bets. When the count turns and favors the house, the card counter gives another signal, and the big player leaves the table, perhaps to go to a different table where another counter has signaled.



Blackjack: Progressive Betting

The intent of a progressive betting system is to vary the size of your bets in a predetermined manner, according to whether or not you won the previous bet. Many recreational players use them when they play blackjack. I’ll focus on one of the most famous and widely used progressive betting systems—the Martingale, or double-up, system.


Using the Martingale betting system, you double your previous bet after every loss until you finally win a hand, at which point you will be ahead by one betting unit. For example, suppose you wager $10 and the results of the next three hands are loss, loss, and win (L-L-W). You would have lost $10 on the first hand, $20 on the second hand, and won $40 on the third hand. You wind up with a net win of $10, which is the goal of the progression, to win an amount equal to your starting wager.


Blackjack: Jump Start Your Winning

The one question I am asked most often is “What can I do to win more when I play blackjack?” What follows are some simple steps you can take to do just that.

Learn the “Wizard’s Simple Strategy”
If you don’t have the time or the energy to memorize the complete basic playing strategy, then learn the “Wizard’s Simple Strategy.” Michael (“Wizard of Odds”) Shackleford developed the strategy, and it appeared in issue No. 116 of my Blackjack Insider Newsletter ( The strategy is easy to learn and increases the house edge by 0.14 percent above the traditional basic playing strategy. It’s an ideal strategy for beginners and casual players, and it sure beats guessing when it come to deciding how to play your hand.


Blackjack: Finding the Edge

The one question I get asked most by recreational blackjack players in the South is, “Which casinos offer the best game?” It would be nearly impossible for me to visit every casino to check out their blackjack games to determine who has the best games. Therefore, I did the next best thing — contacted my friends at and got their permission to use their extensive database of casinos in their Current Blackjack News to determine who offers the best blackjack games. (Note: Current Blackjack News is an electronic newsletter that uses paid reporters to gather playing conditions from virtually all casinos in the country. The information is summarized in the newsletter, updated monthly, and emailed to subscribers around the globe.)


Blackjack: Don’t Make These Mistakes

After a 40-plus career as a blackjack player, I’ve witnessed a plethora of mistakes made by players when they play blackjack. The list is long, but below you’ll find some of the most frequent mistakes.

Increasing their bets because they are due to win
I see players doing this almost every time I play blackjack. The player loses several consecutive hands, so he makes a big bet because “he is due to win.” The fact that you’ve lost several consecutive hands has no bearing on the chance of winning the next hand. Therefore, players should not be using the results of previous hands as an indicator of how much to bet on future hands.


Blackjack: Splitting 10’s…Dumb or Smart?

You sometimes see blackjack players splitting a pair of 10s, especially when the dealer is showing a 5 or 6 upcard. They figure, “Why not split the 10s to get more money on the table when the dealer has a good chance of busting with the 5 or 6.” Sounds logical, but is it really the best play? Let’s see.


Blackjack: Answering Your Questions

blackjack-cardsQ: Some blackjack authors say you should always stand on 16 when the dealer’s shows a 10, while others say you should hit. Who is right?

A: They may both be right. If you hold a two-card 16 (such as 10-6 or 9-7), your best strategy is to hit (assuming the surrender option is not available). However, if you hold a 16 that consists of, say, three cards such as 7-5-4, then your best strategy is to stand. The reason you stand with a multi-card 16 is that you are holding small cards that could have helped you achieve a pat hand. Since these small cards are no longer available in the un-played pack of cards (because they are in your hand), this shifts the odds just enough so that standing is the better play rather than hitting.