Getting down to brass tacks, it’s a very simple game to understand and actually play. If you find yourself in a casino and want to “try” a table game, blackjack rules are quite simply to figure out. As a player, your card total must beat the dealer’s card total, without going over 21. What can be more simple than that?
Let’s keep in mind that casino games are there as a revenue source for the casino! All casino games were developed to be mathematically difficult to beat over the long run. The casino wants to stay in business, so if you, as a player, had a chance at beating the casino on a regular basis, that casino would not be in business for very long.
So, the best way for a casino to stay in business is to have games of chance that use the element of “replacement,” such as roulette or craps.
Replacement, in this instance, refers to the concept of “independent results” occurring after each round of play.
With roulette, if the number 17 comes up, that number remains in play for the next spin of the wheel, it is not taken out. In craps, if 9 is rolled with the dice, all faces that add up to 9 remain in play for the next roll of the dice. Therefore, 17 is just as likely to come up again in roulette and 9 is just as likely to come up again in craps, on the very next turn of play in the two games.
Since there is no “process of elimination,” no number is ever “due to come up.” The odds will never change for the next roll of the dice or spin of the wheel.
With blackjack, it would be like having the cards shuffled after every deal. That doesn’t happen.
Blackjack is one of the few casino games where the player can make a decision after the bet has been made. Whatever the decision is, will either increase or decrease the chance of the player winning the bet. For example, if you know that “hitting” in a certain situation, will win 53% of the time, as opposed to “standing,” winning 46% of the time, you definitely want to hit, to give yourself a better shot at winning. Therefore, depending on how well you know the correct move, blackjack can be more profitable in the long run than other casino games.
Because of the thousands of computer-generated hands played, a knowledgeable blackjack player will only give up a 1/2% edge to the house in a typical multi-deck game, by just playing according to a basic strategy chart. When most casino table games average about a 3% edge for the house, you have to agree 1/2% is a bargain!
The second advantage goes back to the replacement theory. Once a card is played in blackjack, it goes to a discard pile and not used again until a shuffle occurs. It is a game of “dependent results.” As more cards are dealt, certain hands become easier to make and other hands more difficult to make. The player’s odds continue to shift with every card dealt.
It’s been determined that a player’s chance of being dealt a blackjack can be anywhere from 1 in 17, to 1 in 25, depending on how the cards have played. That type of thing just doesn’t happen in other casino games!
Blackjack, hands down, gives you the best odds! It is the most freely beatable over the long run, of all casino games.