Although Blackjack is basically an easy game to win in the casino, it takes a bit of practice to produce a profitable income from the game. Learning the best blackjack strategy can be the difference between walking away a winner or leaving flat broke.
If you play basic strategy, such as splitting 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, etc. against a dealer bust card (such as 4, 5, or 6), and you know when best to hit your 12’s and 16’s as well as taking the right opportunities to double down when the cards are in your favor, you have a good chance of making a small profit. However, to maximize your profit, you need to learn one of the Blackjack strategy used by the pro’s to pad your bankroll. That strategy is bet spreading or pressing your bets.
If you always bet the same amount, over time, you will generally break even or realize a small profit. The key to increasing your blackjack winnings is to pounce on opportunities where the cards are in your favor and then to press your bet up.
Certain opportunities will arise as you play that allow you to press your bet. For example, if the board has come out all low cards and there appears to be few high cards in the last deal or two, you may want to increase your bet on the next deal. Typically an increase of 50% or double is good in this case.
If you go on to win that hand, then you should increase your bet a little more the next hand (same 50% or double). After all if you lose the subsequent hand you still break even overall. This type of betting is also known as progressive betting, wherein you increase your bet a small amount each time you win.
The ultimate trick to winning at blackjack is to know when it is best to press your bet and by how much. Discovering the timing is crucial to a successful blackjack strategy, and seizing these opportunities will allow you to walk away a winner.
When is the best time to increase your bet? Usually after the dealer breaks and the board typically shows a lot of lower cards. Many players will count cards to know when the deck is rich in high cards, however, counting takes a lot of practice and patience. Instead of focusing on the counting, you can realize just as much profit by paying close attention to the cards as they lay, and make small increases as the board looks favorable to you.