Hand Staking Plans
The game of blackjack was popular in France in its early days, and is referred to as
'Vingt-et-un, which in French translates to 'twenty one'. Ever since,
the game has become increasingly popular, and is today one of the most
widely played games among online casino enthusiasts worldwide.
is on the face of it a very straightforward card game.
You have to beat the dealer and not bust out yourself
by scoring over 21 with the value of your cards.
simply put down your stake (the amount you want to
bet on your hand before cards are dealt) then in simplistic
terms see what happens. But how much do you bet, when
and how – is it purely a random thing to bet what
“feels” right or is a more strategic approach beneficial.
is a matter of personal choice and one possibly better
played out in the online
betting website you favour playing in.
could stick to your “feel” bets or you could try any
one of a number of different blackjack betting and
staking methods. Let’s take a quick look at a few.
Betting a percentage of your chip stack is a simple
method. Say 5% - this means you could stand 20 straight
losing hands before having no chips left. But if you
hit a winning run you are betting more thus can win
more. Just don’t get carried away. Learn when to leave
the table with a profit!
important thing to remember before we look at a couple
of progressive betting/staking methods is that whilst
in theory you “cannot lose” due to the fabled law
of averages the casino knows this so slaps on a limit
to the size of bet they will let you have to eventually
stop you from being able to place a bet on your hand.
Always know what the table limit is before you take
your seat and bet accordingly. Set yourself a limit
and if you lose it, turn the computer off, leave the
online casino and go do something else.
– to the progressive betting strategies. Each is designed
to place a bigger bet in a progressive way after a
losing hand to recover your loss and make a profit.
D'Alembert approach is a very simple staking system
named after the eighteenth-century theorist Jean le
Rond d'Alembert. Basically you raise increase your
bet by a fixed amount if you lose and lower your bet
by the same a fixed amount when you win a hand.
Martingale system is even simpler – you bet one unit
on the first hand and double the bet after each losing
hand with the result being that when you do win a
hand you will have recovered your losses and made
a one unit profit. So you stake 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32
and so on until you win. Big beware here – sounds
great but it’ll wipe you out quickly if you suffer
a bad run and before that happens you’ll probably
hit the table limit and not be able to get on. Under
such circumstances you might set yourself a stop-loss
and cease or go back to your starting stake after
say six losses.
progressive staking plan which can be used in blackjack
is the Fibonacci sequence which looks like this: 1,
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. To get the next bet stake you
add the previous two numbers together. It is arguably
a safer approach that the Martingale above and less
a key word – risk. When playing blackjack (or gambling
in general) you have to consider your own attitude
to risk and how far you are prepared to go and of
course never, ever play with money you cannot afford
hope this article has given you a little food for
though for next time you play blackjack.
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