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They Said What? Misinformation about Blackjack

After nearly 50 years of playing blackjack, I could write a book that would contain all the misinformation on blackjack I’ve read in books and the Internet, and heard in casinos (of all places) and from fellow players. But rather than write the book, I decided instead to write this article for your enlightenment.

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
December 24, 2019

When to Split in Blackjack

If there is one playing decision that seems to confound most blackjack players, it’s knowing when to split a pair (and when not to). Don’t believe me? Assume you are playing a six-deck game with the dealer standing on soft 17 (S17) and doubling down after pair splitting is allowed (DAS). How would you play the following initial two-card hands vs. the dealer’s upcard?

By
Henry Tamburin Ph.D
December 16, 2019

When to Double Down?

Whenever basic strategy tables call for land-based or online blackjack players to double down, it’s because players have an advantage. It’s a chance to turn a profitable hand even more profitable.

But not all potential gains are equal. On some hands, doubling down will nearly double the profit you could expect if you hit without doubling. On others, the gain is only a few tenths of a cent per dollar wagered.

By
John Grochowski
January 15, 2019

Bad Odds: Bets Never to Make While Playing at the Casino

Among all the skills needed to get the most out of casino games online and offline, one of the most important for casino players is choosing your wagers wisely.

And an important part of choosing your wagers wisely is knowing which bets never to make.

Sometimes that means avoiding bets with extraordinarily high house edges. Sometimes it means skipping a bet because a better option is available that accomplishes the same thing with a lower house edge.

By
John Grochowski
August 6, 2018