Sizing your bet based on whether you won or lost the previous hand is a losing proposition. You should only bet more when there are more high-value cards versus low-value cards in the unplayed deck. (This is what card counting systems monitor.) There are several simple, entry-level card counting systems that I recommend for casual players.

Don’t Think You’re Going To Win

Don’t increase your bets because you feel like you must win. The cards don’t know and they don’t care if you’re in the middle of a losing (or winning) streak. Regardless of what happened during your previous gaming sessions, stay on track and folow the advice in this article.

Don’t Play At Tables That Use A Continuous Automatic Shuffler.

Continuous Shuffling Machines (CSM) are devices that shuffle the cards after each round, resulting in more hands dealt per hour (good for the casino), and more exposure of your bottom to the house edge (bad for the player), plays at tables that use a traditional mechanical shuffler (where the cards are shuffled after 50% to 75% of them have been played), or where the dealer manually shuffles the cards. Also, play at crowded tables (this will reduce the number of hands you play per hour, which will decrease your bank’s exposure to the edge of the house).

Get A Rating When You Play

Always give your player’s card to the blackjack dealer to qualify you for your game. The additional perks (i.e. compensation) that you will get will lower the cost of your game.

Don’t Overdo It With Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are “free” when you play at most casinos, but too much alcohol will dull your senses and increase your chances of making a costly gambling error. Concentrate on playing each hand perfectly.

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