There are a lot of things to decide when playing blackjack, such as which tables to pick, when to hit, when to split, when to walk away and more. Probably the most important part that is rarely discussed, though, is how much to bet on each hand.
Your bet size is dependent on a lot of things, such as how long you want to play and how much money you have. Obviously, the larger your bet, the faster you will go through your bankroll. A bet that is too small will bore some players, though, because there isn’t enough riding on the hand to make them nervous. It all depends on you and what you are comfortable with.
There is a general rule of thumb, though. Most of the blackjack experts recommend that you start with a bankroll that is 100 times your bet. To find how much you should bet on each hand, work backwards and first decide on a bankroll. How much money are you willing to spend at the casino? And yes, I mean spend. When deciding on a bankroll, assume that you will lose all of the money that you wager, every last dollar. That way, you are planning for the worst-case scenario. If you decide that you can’t stand to lose that much money, all that means is that you need to reduce the bankroll.
Once you have decided on how much money you were comfortable spending, divide that amount by 100 and you will have your average bet. Of course, not all bets will be the same, because sometimes you will split or double down. Still, doing this will give you an idea of how much to bet with. If you start to become uncomfortable with the amount of money you’re spending, you can always reduce your bet size or walk away from the table altogether. Once you have chosen an amount, you are ready to start playing, so go have fun!