4 Things Successful Online Blackjack Players Don’t Do

To be a successful online blackjack player doesn’t mean one must play professionally or master every strategy and technique. There are few with the time to dedicate to such an endeavor.

A successful blackjack player online is one who wins more than he or she loses. It means that the person uses information to win money at the game, to be able to cash out their online accounts instead of consistently depositing more money.

There are many ways to improve at blackjack, such as studying and memorizing the strategy charts to know when to hold and fold, when to split or double down. It is also important to know about the different variations of online blackjack, one with small variations that require adjustments when playing them.

But there are several keys to being a successful blackjack player that all of them have in common. With the exception of players who have merely gotten lucky once or twice, there are common elements in all of their stories.

After doing some research, reading the biographies of online blackjack players, and talking to friends who consistently make money in the game, these are the four tips they all share.

1. Never Take Insurance

Insurance is a small part of the game of blackjack, something that doesn’t come up often in live games but does more frequently online because the hands are dealt and played so much faster.

A player may receive blackjack from the dealer, but that dealer is showing one card that could indicate that he or she also has blackjack. The player is then offered insurance, which guarantees that the player merely wins their original bet back.

Odds experts say that the house maintains a 6% edge on that bet, and it simply puts the player at a disadvantage, keeping the dealer from having to pay the winning bet on the player’s blackjack hand.

Never take the insurance. Successful players never take the blackjack insurance!

2. Play Blackjack Variations Without Knowing Rules

There are dozens of blackjack variations in online casinos. On PlayAmo alone, there are 85 variations in the blackjack category. Some have few differences, as they are live dealer versions of traditional online games, but many have other unique rules.

For example, Vegas or Vegas Strip blackjack games typically use four decks of cards, while Atlantic City variations use eight decks. European blackjack games use only two decks and only allow players to split cards once.

Newer versions of the game like Double Attack uses a Spanish deck of cards, with all tens removed, and players may double their bets after seeing the first card of the dealer’s hand. Spanish 21 allows hitting or doubling after any split and pays a special bonus if a player has three sevens and the dealer shows a seven. Super Fun 21 pays extra for blackjack with two diamond cards, pays only even money for regular blackjack, and has special split and doubling rules.

Most differences in the games change the house edge.

Successful blackjack players don’t often switch to new game variations to ones with better house odds unless they can figure out strategies to beat those odds. This may take research and time.

Otherwise, players should know that games like Super Fun 21 have a 1.3% house edge, far higher than most other variations. Spanish, European, and Atlantic City variations tend to have the lowest house edge, while games with more bonus bets included have higher edges for the online casino.

3. Find Best Payouts

Most online casino blackjack games have different payouts. Most are dependent upon the house edge, as mentioned above. But others should simply display their RTP, or return-to-player percentages. This provides evidence of their player payouts.

The typical RTP ranges from 97% to 98%. The number should be located in the “details” menu of any particular game. It takes a few minutes to go through the games and find out which have the better RTPs, but it could make the difference between a losing and winning session.

Also, always check the payouts for blackjack. A 3:2 payout for blackjack means $3 is paid for a $2 bet, which is 1.5-to-1 odds. But a 6:5 payout means $6 is paid for a $5 bet, which calculates to 1.2-to-1 odds. Clearly, players want to look for 3:2 payouts.

4. Know When to Walk Away

One thing that all successful online blackjack players know is when to stop playing. Whether a person considers it to be luck or a streak or even just a feeling that the cards are not hitting, players know when they are losing more than they are winning.

A good player also knows when their mind is on other topics, they are making mistakes, or they are gambling too high.

The best players know when to take a break. That might consist of a walk around the block or a day or week away from the online casino. Just know when to walk away and return at a later time.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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