Most Common Blackjack Mistakes to Avoid!

Blackjack is a popular game because most people know that it can be played with a very low ‘€œhouse edge’ (casino advantage), and in some cases can even be played with the player having the advantage. Most casino games have what is called a ‘fixed’€ casino advantage which means that no matter what you do or how you play the casino will have a certain built-in advantage. This is not so in blackjack.

Many gamblers will choose to play blackjack because they know it has better odds than many other games. They will learn the basic rules and how to play but that’s it. This is where the big mistake occurs. In order to maximize your play, you must learn the optimal basic strategy. Many people assume that they can intuitively figure it out through common sense. However, the correct mathematical move is not always the most obvious selection. Below are several mistakes that even experienced blackjack players make.

  1. Taking Insurance- Unless you are a professional card counter, you should NEVER take insurance when playing blackjack. Often people will take it when they have blackjack to guarantee that they will be paid ‘even money’, this is a mistake.
  2. Not hitting 16- There are some players that never hit 16. They believe it is better to stand on 16 than to try and take another card. There are times when you should hit 16. An example is, if you have 16 and the dealer is showing an ace you should absolutely hit your 16.
  3. Not always splitting Aces and Eights- This is one of the easier rules to learn in blackjack always split Aces and Eights. Not sometimes but every time.

These are three common mistakes that all blackjack players make.  Make sure you learn these three rules and you will improve your chances of blackjack success.