Playing your blackjack online has advantages in so much as you can play any time you wish as long as you have an internet connection. That’s not hard these days particularly with the advent of the smartphone and apps. If you’re not at home on your laptop and fancy a few hands of blackjack to pass the time and ideally win some money you can whip out your internet enabled phone and off you go. However playing online means thinking differently that if your are at the tables at a traditional casino.
At the casino you are playing in a totally different atmosphere. You know how many decks of cards are in the shoe, how often cards are shuffles and things like that. Because you know these things you can, if that’s part of your game, try card counting and upping your bet size when you think your counting indicates things might be in your favour. However this is not necessarily so when playing online blackjack.
Why is that? Well, because you are playing with a machine. Some software designed to randomly generate numbers and cards. Card counting online is way less of an exact science that card counting at the casino. So because the circumstances are different your strategy needs to change accordingly. You can use basic blackjack strategy, sometimes known as perfect blackjack, with your next move based on the cards you have and what the dealer is showing. You hit, stand, split, draw or double-down according to a set of moves based entirely on what you have and what the dealer has. Such an approach has been mathematically tested and can, it is said, reduce the house edge to as low as one percent.
Strategy cards are available which set this out precisely. You can print one out and have it with you at all times whilst playing your blackjack online – something a high street casino will not let you do – and follow that exactly coupled with a staking approach. You may decide on a fixed level stake per hand knowing that your basic strategy approach is reducing the house odds as much as possible or you may decide to opt for something else.
Other staking plans include the Martingale (doubling your bet after each loss until you win a hand though do be careful as a few losing hands and you are in to eye-watering territory and could hit the table limit before you hit a winner) or perhaps the Fibonacci staking approach which involves adding together the two previous stakes to give you the amount your next bet. You follow the sequence until you hit a win. It looks like this: 1-2-3-5-8-13-21-34 and so forth. Other staking approaches are available with these being two of the more popular ones.
Wherever you decide to play your blackjack and whatever staking method you decide to use please never, ever play with money you cannot afford to lose. Set aside money you can comfortably do without should you lose and no more. Should you hit a nice winning streak have the discipline to stick to your plan and stop playing with a nice boost to your balance rather than risk giving it all back to the casino again.