Casino players often hear that blackjack offers the lowest house edge out of the table games. Play properly, and you can whittle the house edge down to under 1%. Unfortunately, there are many mistakes that blackjack players make that prevents them from getting that bare minimal house edge. Read these five tips to help ensure you don’t leave money on the table.
When a dealer’s upcard is an Ace, you can take insurance, which is a side bet that costs half your original wager, and pays 2:1 if the dealer does have blackjack. More often than not, the dealer won’t have blackjack and you’ll lose your insurance bet. Any blackjack guide you read will advise against taking insurance.
Getting two 10’s will give you one of the strongest hands you can possibly want in blackjack. Splitting them into potentially two lesser hands is not advised.
Not Splitting Eights
Alternatively, there are some hands that should almost always be split, such as Eights. There’s a good chance you can turn that 16 into two 18’s. The only time you shouldn’t split Eights is against a dealer Ace upcard when you’re playing blackjack where the dealer hits on soft 17. In that case, surrender.
Playing at the Wrong Blackjack Table
Some blackjack tables offer lower payouts for getting a natural. You should only ever play at a table that pays 3:2 for blackjack. Steer clear of tables that pay 6:5; you’ll be getting $12 for every blackjack hand (when betting $10) instead of $15.
Assume a 10 in the Hole
Beginners will often play blackjack assuming that the hole card will be a 10 since 10 is more likely than other cards. It can be tempting to apply this strategy to your play instead of taking the time to learn proper blackjack strategy, but it will cost you. The house edge for the Assume a 10 strategy is 10.03%.