Tips to Blackjack
If you want to truly be the best blackjack player you can be then it is important for you to learn about some of the common myths that keep many blackjack players from forging ahead and winning at blackjack. Following, a few of the most common blackjack myths and card counting myths are debunked. Additionally, a few tips to help you get past these myths and play to your full potential are included.
It Takes Luck to Win at Blackjack
One of the biggest myths about blackjack is that you need luck to win. In fact, blackjack is a game that takes skill and with a strong knowledge of the rules and basic strategy you can greatly increase your odds of winning. When you add an understanding of one of more card counting systems to the mix you can reduce the house advantage to almost nothing!
Only Mathematicians Can Win at Blackjack
Another common misconception of blackjack is that it is designed for mathematic brains only. In fact, the only thing you need to know how to do in order to play blackjack is add and subtract simple numbers and count to 21. When it comes to card counting-sure, there are some card systems, such as the Wong Halves system, that are better suited to people who are strong in math. However, simpler methods such as Red Sevens, Knock Out Blackjack and the Hi-Lo card counting system only require you add and subtract 1. Even an elementary school child knows how to do that sort of math.
You Need a Photographic Memory to Count Cards
A lot of people think that in order to count cards you need a photographic memory. In fact, it is a common misconception that card counting requires memorizing every card in the deck. Actually, card counting is simply a method in which you can keep track of the ratio of high to low cards that remains in the deck over a course of blackjack hands. Card counting only requires simple math and no memorization at all. Practicing at home on your own with a deck of cards can help you work on your concentration and improve your card counting skills.
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