Every now and then you see someone at the blackjack table playing more than one hand at a time. I’m not talking about splitting a pair. I’m talking about starting with two different hands. You might be thinking, Is this a good strategy?
It is actually a great strategy, if you hate money. If you’re like the guy in Brewster’s Millions, who had to give away as much of his money as possible, it’s a great idea. Bet high and bet on as many hands as possible. If you’re like most people, though, I advise against it.
Playing with multiple hands causes you to lose money faster. Blackjack has a house edge, meaning the casino has an advantage over you. It is a small edge in blackjack – as low as 0.5% with blackjack basic strategy – but it is still an advantage. That means whenever you place a bet, you are statistically more likely to lose than to win.
Playing multiple hands simultaneously doesn’t affect your odds at all. What it does affect is your rate of play. Playing multiple hands at a time, you will play more hands in a given period of time. Because of the house edge, the more hands you play, the more money you are conceivably giving to the casino. Sure, it can work out in your favor, buy statistically speaking, it will cost you money. For that reason, it is best to stick to playing a single hand at a time. Instead of playing multiple hands, play one hand and remember that it’s supposed to be a fun game. Instead of stretching yourself out trying to make big money, enjoy playing the most fun game in the casino.