New guy looking for input before hitting the tables
  • I've logged thousands of hands practicing at home, tracked my results, and read a stack of books. I found Hit or Stand while looking for a good source to speed up my game and hone my basic strategy before heading to the casinos to see if I can go toe to toe with the house. I don't expect to make money, just to be able compete and play with enough knowledge and skill to either walk away ahead, or at least when the trends aren't in my favor.
    Anyone out there have any advice or suggestions?
  • bearded yette said:
    I've logged thousands of hands practicing at home, tracked my results, and read a stack of books. I found Hit or Stand while looking for a good source to speed up my game and hone my basic strategy before heading to the casinos to see if I can go toe to toe with the house. I don't expect to make money, just to be able compete and play with enough knowledge and skill to either walk away ahead, or at least when the trends aren't in my favor.
    Anyone out there have any advice or suggestions?

    Hi, and welcome to this site. My best advice when you play the real game in a casino would be start small... find the tables with the lowest minimum bet requirement, and play at full tables to allow you more time to make the best Basic Strategy decisions. Don't be swayed by "table talk", as much of the advice offered by other players isn't the best advice. Try to relax and enjoy the game, and take a break from the tables if you don't feel comfortable. You say you don't expect to make money, but there's nothing wrong with being optimistic! Best of luck, and keep us posted on your progress.
  • Thanks for the input. The "table talk" is part of what drove me past a casual interest and made me really study the game. As for the money, I would love to be able to consistently make money, but have a hard time believing anyone can actually do it. is it possible?
  • bearded yette said:
    Thanks for the input. The "table talk" is part of what drove me past a casual interest and made me really study the game. As for the money, I would love to be able to consistently make money, but have a hard time believing anyone can actually do it. is it possible?


    "Consistently" winning at blackjack is a tough accomplishment.... Even the best card-counting teams suffer massive losing streaks from time to time. But showing a profit from play over a substantial period of time isn't out of the question. Studies indicate that 25% of good basic strategy players will be ahead in the game after 75,000 hours of play, but the more you play a negative expectation game, the more likely you are to be a loser. So many different factors are in play that it's almost impossible to predict your likelyhood of winning. Best way to find out is to start playing and see what happens!
  • bearded yette said:
    I've logged thousands of hands practicing at home, tracked my results, and read a stack of books. I found Hit or Stand while looking for a good source to speed up my game and hone my basic strategy before heading to the casinos to see if I can go toe to toe with the house. I don't expect to make money, just to be able compete and play with enough knowledge and skill to either walk away ahead, or at least when the trends aren't in my favor.
    Anyone out there have any advice or suggestions?


    Please keep in mind that it is impossible to know if a "trend" will continue, or to "play with enough knowledge and skill to ... walk away ahead" playing basic strategy. Some percentage of BS players will win. But, without counting or some other knowledge of the cards, trying to determine "trends" has no more effect than carrying a rabbit's foot.
  • I have a question...how do you know how many decks of cards the dealer is playing with??? I want to be so good at Blackjack that they will bar me from the Casino...are my expectations too high???
  • ask the dealer. you want to be that good i suggest you learn how to count and when to increase your bets

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