Saturday, December 8, 2012

E-39: Table Game Myths Part 1

Due to the large amounts of money wagered a vast number of stupid myths and unfounded superstitions have evolved over the years. Somme of these myths continue to cloud thee judgement of even the most seasoned gambler.

Myth 1: In blackjack the dealer probably has a hole card/face down card with a 10 value.

This is less less likely than you probably first think. There are only 16 cards in the deck with a value of 10 and 36 cards that are valued as 9 or lower. The key is to never worry about the hole card as there is no way of predicting it and just to focus on the up card and base your playing decision solely on that.

Myth 2: The casino always wins

This is true in a sense, but you should never go to the casino with the thinking that you will lose. That's a losing attitude and will only enforce bad gambling decisions. The casino does always win in the long run, but if you get up while ahead, then you won for that session.

Myth 3: All casino games are luck

This is not true. Games such as blackjack, video poker and some may argue dice control are all games of skill. Of course luck plays it's part, but your knowledge, or lack there of will be the deciding factor in how much money you win or lose.

Myth 4: You have to be a genius to count cards

This common myth has been reinforced by Hollywood and even many reputable books and websites. In order to count count cards all you have to know is how to add and subtract. Counting cards is simple but is just a fast process.

Myth 5: New games are introduced to give players more options

This is partly true, but obviously it's mainly to increase the casino's bottom line. All new table games that are released have a higher house edge than the traditional games.
The best bets are still the classics; blackjack, baccarat and the pass line at craps.

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