Once you've learned basic blackjack strategy you better focus on avoiding these five mistakes to win even more money at blackjack.
When the dealer shows an Ace a lot of casinos will offer players insurance. Insurance pays 2 to 1 if the dealer hits 21 but it's actually one of the biggest mistakes experienced players make over and over. The house edge on taking insurance is 7.7% and that means you're losing almost $8 for every $100you put down. #
Not hitting a Soft 18 when the dealer has a 9
No one likes hitting an 18 but when the dealer shows a 9 they're gonna hit a 10 or an Ace about 28% of the time. So that's why when you have a soft 18 it's always better to hit when the dealer shows a 9. By not hitting you're giving up 8.3% edge to the casino. And remember the same rule applies when you have a soft 18 and the dealer shows 10 or an Ace.
Not doubling on soft 18 when the dealer has a 6
When the dealer shows a 6 they have a roughly 42% chance of going bust. That means when you have a soft 18 you're way better off doubling down and taking one more card. You've got a soft 18 so you can't bust. So even if you've got a low card like 5 or 6 you're still gonna win almost half the time because the dealer is so likely to bust. Every time you stand instead of doubling in this spot you're giving up 10% edge to the casino.
Not hitting 16 when a dealer has an Ace
Getting a 16 is always scary and it's true that you're going to bust most of the time. But when the dealer shows an Ace your 16 is hardly ever going to win the hand. Take a shot and give yourself a chance to either win or push by hitting. Every time you stand instead of hitting in this spot you're giving up 15% edge to the casino.
Splitting 10s when the dealer shows a 6
It's a huge mistake. Sure, splitting 10s will give you an edge over the dealer about 18% but if you stand on the 20 the edge is way bigger about 70%. That means for every $100 bet you making the spot you're giving up over $50 in equity. For more information follow this thread on BlackJackInfo.com