Blackjack Is Like A Rollercoaster

November 22nd, 2017

By: David Walker

Blackjack is a game that reminds me a little of a rollercoaster. It is a game that starts slow but gradually gets faster. As you build up your bank roll, you feel like you are getting to the top of the coaster and then when you least expect it, the bottom falls out.

Blackjack is so much like a rollercoaster the similarities are frightening. As with the popular fairground ride, your blackjack game will peak and things will be going well for a while before it bottoms out again. You have to be a player that can adjust well to the ups and downs of the game because the game of blackjack is full of them.

If you like the small coaster, one that doesn’t go too high or fast, then bet small. If you find the only way you can enjoy the ride is with a larger bet, then hop on board for the ride of your life on the monster coaster. The high roller will love the view from the monster rollercoaster because he or she is not thinking about the drop as they rush head first to the top of the game.

A win goal and a loss limit works well in blackjack, but very few gamblers adhere to it. In blackjack, if you “get on the rollercoaster” as it’s going up, that’s terrific, but when the cards “go south” and the coaster starts to flip and turn, you had better bail out in a hurry.

If you don’t, you will not remember how much you enjoyed the view while your bankroll was “up”. The only thing you will remember is a lot of uncertainties, a thrilling ride and your head in the clouds. As you are reminiscing on “what ifs” you won’t remember how “high up” you went but you will remember that devastating drop as clear as day.

Blackjack can be a very beatable game. It is a game of highs, a game of lows and where it stops is entirely up to you and how well you can predict whether to get off the coaster or continue the ride.

David Walker runs free bets and online casinos UK websites. A free email course: “Seven Days to Better Betting” is available at both of these websites.


Blackjack Insurance-What Is It?

November 22nd, 2017

Blackjack Insurance-What Is It?


In the world of Blackjack, there is likely no bigger argument than whether a player should buy Blackjack Insurance. When a dealer turns an Ace as their upcard, the dealer will ask players if they would like to ‘insure’ their hands. If the player accepts the insurance, they must place half of their bet before any action is taken on their hand. If the blackjack insurance wager wins, which means the dealer has Blackjack; the wager pays two to one.

When a player is dealt blackjack, and the dealer is showing an Ace, there is a need felt by the player to protect his or her hand. The logic used for blackjack insurance is that the blackjack is a bonus hand, which pays three to two. There are not too many blackjacks dealt by the dealer, so players feel the need to get something out of that hand. If the dealer also has blackjack, the hand is a tie, and they would simply get their bet back.

When placing a blackjack insurance bet, a player is assuming that they will always end up with a profit. This is logical thinking, but flawed. There are 16 cards with a value of ten in the deck. This leaves 36 cards that are not valued ten in a 52-card deck. When a player is faced with a situation in which they have blackjack, and the dealer is showing an Ace, there are now only 15 cards with a value of ten, and 34 cards that do not have a value of ten. Since insurance only pays two to one, you’re getting the worst of it.

Lets’ take four different situations that could occur, and their results. Assume that the player’s bet is $10, and that the player has been dealt blackjack, and the dealer is showing an Ace.

The four possible situations are:
1. You take insurance, and the dealer has blackjack
2. You take insurance and the dealer doesn’t have blackjack
3. You do not take insurance and the dealer has blackjack
4. You do not take insurance and the dealer doesn’t have blackjack

In the first two situations, the player would win ten dollars. In the first case, the original ten-dollar bet is a push, and the insurance bet ($5) is paid two to one. In the second case, the dealer doesn’t have blackjack, so the player wins $15 from the original bet, but loses the insurance bet. Both have a ten-dollar profit.

In the third situation, the player has tied the dealer, and without the insurance bet, the player keeps their original bet. In the last case, the player beats the dealer, and wins $15. It’s easy to see that in three of those cases, you make money, and in one, you don’t win anything, but you don’t lose either.

As it was explained before, if the player has blackjack, and the dealer is showing an ace, there is only a little over a 30% chance that the dealer has blackjack, and more than a 69% chance that the dealer does not have blackjack.