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Which of These 21 Blackjack Statements Are True?

Here’s your chance to find out how much you really know about the game of blackjack. Give yourself one point for every statement that you get right. Then subtract the number of wrong answers from the number of right answers for your final score.
By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
September 19, 2019

How to Play Several Tricky Blackjack Hands Correctly

By using the basic playing strategy, a player can reduce the house edge to less than 1% (rules dependent). Most blackjack players understand the logic behind the majority of the basic strategy plays; for example, why you shouldn’t hit a 16 when the dealer’s upcard is a 6 or why you should split a pair of 8s when the dealer’s upcard is a 6. However, some of the basic strategy is not so apparent: like hitting a 12 against a dealer’s 3, or splitting a pair of 9s against dealer’s 9.

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
September 1, 2019

Should You Take “Even Money” When You Play Blackjack?

Most land-based and online blackjack players have no idea of what taking “Even Money” means to their game. Yet, most players gladly take the even money when it’s offered. In fact, most dealers and fellow players, and sometimes even pit bosses, will encourage players to take the even money because "it’s a sure win." After all, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, right?

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
July 11, 2019

A Battle to the Finish: Blackjack Vs. Craps

It is a “battle to the finish” between the casinos’ two most popular table games, blackjack and craps. Which is the better game? 

There are many ways to look at the contest. Of course, you can state house edges but these are often obscured or enhanced by the number of decisions players make at each game. A fast game with a low edge can be just as dangerous as or even more dangerous than a slow game with a bigger edge.

By
Frank Scoblete
June 13, 2019

A Primer on How to Tip a Blackjack Dealer

Many blackjack players would like to tip a blackjack dealer but they don’t know how to go about doing it. In this article I will show you several ways to do it, including my favorite. 

First let me address the question I often get from players about tipping.

 “Why tip blackjack dealers since they get paid for dealing?” 

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
May 2, 2019

2019 Blackjack Ball: the Inside Scoop (Part 2)

As promised, at the end of this article you will find the questions with answers to the challenging 21-question test given to the elite blackjack pros at the 2019 Blackjack Ball. Give yourself one point for each correct answer. (If you got 15 or more correct, you did better than all the blackjack pros that took the test.) 

(Note: Several active players listed below used pseudonyms to protect their identity.)

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
April 7, 2019