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Blackjack Practice

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Practice makes perfect. We all know that saying. It is used to describe the necessity of practice for anything from hobbies to sports to your career. Pretty much anything you do you can do better if you put in some practice. That is true for blackjack as well.

Everyone knows that blackjack is a game where you can win some money. It has a low house edge and by employing blackjack basic strategy, you stand a pretty good chance of coming out ahead. If you don’t believe that, Google the name “Don Johnson” (not the actor). He won $15 million in a single month playing blackjack at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City. While his results aren’t typical, it is clear that he is a skilled player. How did he get that skilled? Practice.

Unfortunately, a lot of blackjack players learn basic strategy and then think their training is done. They know the strategy so they’re ready to wager real money and win the big bucks. We recommend that you practice regularly by playing free games, where you can focus on the strategy without caring about the results. It also allows you to practice other things, such as trying out side bets to see if they’re worth your money (hint: they are usually not).

If you play blackjack regularly, practice might not be necessary, but your average player doesn’t play every day or even every week. If you play infrequently, you need to keep your skills sharp. It doesn’t take long for basic strategy to get a little fuzzy or for you to remember something wrong. By practicing with free blackjack in between real money sessions, you can keep your skills sharp and you should do better when you do play for real money.

A Word on Free Blackjack

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

There is one thing offered by online casinos that many beginners take for granted and that’s the free blackjack games. Many people don’t give it a second thought, but the free games are one of the biggest advantages of playing online. It would be foolish for a new player to not take advantage of those deals.

If you’re new to blackjack, you probably don’t know a whole lot about the game. Maybe that’s why you’re here on OnlineBlackjack.org (and thanks for that). Even if you read everything I have written on the subject (and if so, thanks a lot), there is no substitute for experience.

Memorizing the blackjack basic strategy chart is a great idea and something I encourage. It’s wise to read up on strategy so you will know not only what to do in a situation, but also why you should do that. For one thing, strategy is easier to remember if you know the reasons behind it. However, remembering what to do is more difficult in the middle of a game. That is why practice and game experience are so important. Blackjack is a skill and like any skill, you get better at it the more you practice.

So it’s easy: The more you play blackjack, the better you will get at it. The problem is, if you are a bad player in the beginning, that could cost you a lot of money in the casino. That is why the free blackjack games are so important. Even if you plan to do all of your gambling in brick and mortar casinos rather than online, playing free online blackjack is a good way to practice the game and get used to playing using the proper strategy without having to worry about losing money. In fact, even though I know blackjack strategy inside and out, I often play the free online games because I want to play even at times when I don’t feel like gambling.

The casinos, of course, don’t offer free blackjack games solely out of the kindness of their hearts (though I would like to think that’s part of it). They are hoping that you will enjoy playing it for free so much that you will then play at their casino for real money. Often this is the case. The fact remains that free blackjack games are an incredibly helpful tool and the best way to iron down your strategy before you put any real money on the line.

A Word on Practicing Blackjack

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Today I want to talk about something that should be common sense but doesn’t seem to be: Practice is important for blackjack. There are some games where all you have to do is learn the rules and then you can go play without practicing. Slots come to mind, as do bingo and keno. Blackjack is not that way. If you want to have success at blackjack, you must study blackjack basic strategy, memorize it, and practice it enough that it becomes second nature.

Some people think that going over basic strategy a few times is good enough. Or they think that memorizing it is good enough. Well, that goes a long way toward becoming a good blackjack player, but there is a big difference in memorizing a chart and making the correct decisions when a dealer looks at you and asks you what to do. Being a good blackjack player takes practice.

You wouldn’t buy a violin, play it once to make sure you knew how to make certain sounds, and then get up onstage and play a concert, would you? If so, please never invite me to your performances. You wouldn’t take tennis lessons, learn to play, and then go take part in a tournament without practicing in between, would you? If so, remind me to challenge you to a high-stakes tennis tournament.

The point is, despite what some players believe, memorizing blackjack basic strategy isn’t good enough. When you sit at the table, you’re likely to freeze up. It’s happened to me countless times. I’ve forgotten to split. I’ve forgotten to double. At times I even forget to look and see what the dealer’s upcard is. As crazy as it sounds, it happens. The pressure of sitting at a blackjack table in a casino can get to you and cause you to make bad decisions – decisions that you would know not to make when going over the strategy chart in your head. The only way to overcome that is by practicing blackjack enough that it becomes second nature to you. That’s what athletes and musicians do and it’s what you should do as well.

There are a few ways to practice your blackjack strategy. Most online casinos offer free trial versions of their games. You can play them for as long as you want, wagering fake money, and consult the chart while you play, if you need to. There are also some websites, such as hitorstand.net, that are used to train you to make the right decisions when playing blackjack. Another way to do it is the old-fashioned way, how we did it before people used fancy computer programs for everything: Take out a deck of cards. You can deal them to yourself if you’re alone or, better yet, get a friend to deal the cards to you.

Whatever method you choose, as long as you’re practicing, you will benefit. Just remember that if a musician or athlete stops practicing, their skills will lessen, even though their knowledge hasn’t changed. The same is true for blackjack. You need to practice not only to become a good player, but also to remain a good player.