Blackjack Not a Team Game

This post, Blackjack Not a Team Game, is in response to all those whining blackjack players who play at low limit tables and complain about players strategy.  Where else are beginning or recreational gamblers supposed to play? Help when asked for is fine, but shaming one’s strategy and blame for your lack of success is just wrong.  If you want better strategy played, I hear you can reserve a table in High Limit…..

Blackjack Not a Team Game vs the Casino

Tension at the blackjack table

This is a tale of two table games, Craps and Blackjack.  Some consider both games “us against the casino.”  Team games.  But only one comes with that kind of fun and camaraderie……and it’s not blackjack.

Craps players tend to band together.  They have the most fun.  The shooter is the warrior, the attacker for the group.  His throw of the dice will determine his followers success – at least those betting pass line. Craps is the only “one for all and all for one” table game…..and that doesn’t include any of the carnival games that can be found.

Now, Ever hear this?

“You know what really drives me crazy about blackjack? …You sit down and get a good game going, and then some idiot sits down at third base and starts messing up the cards. What do you do about that?”imageI am so tired of superstitions and myths believed by even the best players.  Remember what we say at NETG, “Embrace the math, not the Myth.”The whole idea that blackjack players band together under the same strategy to beat the dealer is preposterous. The table isn’t a team, it’s one on one against the dealer’s hand.

Blackjack – NOT A Team Sport

Ken Smith is a well-known blackjack player. If you want to know more about him, try going to  In Blackjack Forum, 2013, he wrote the following:  “Other players have no appreciable affect on your results. That’s right… Johnny Clueless from Buffalo who sat down at your table had nothing to do with your losing streak.  Now, if you already knew this to be true, you probably know what happens next in the conversation. Trying to explain that other players can’t screw up your results invariably leads to that blank stare. You know the one. It’s where you can almost see them thinking: “This Kenny guy doesn’t know squat about blackjack! How did he ever make any money?!”

Generally, I don’t even bother trying to dispute their notion. Instead I’ll just nod my head as if these kinds of players bother me too, and change the subject as soon as I can,……. let me make a concerted effort to explain why this is a myth. “

Win or Lose, Play Your Own Blackjack Hand

Bottom line is you can win as much as lose from players and their poor strategy – short or long term.imageOnce, I was playing video poker. I was dealt two tens, but only kept one….three hours of playing will cause that sometimes.  On the draw, I was dealt the rest of the Royal Flush. It was my mistake in strategy, but I didn’t give back the $1000.

Moral of the Story

I’d like to complain about high table minimums at blackjack.  I’d like to blame the sightings of 6:5 blackjack pay tables.  But, to be honest, it’s the lack of fun and height of intensity at the blackjack table that keeps me away.  I don’t find it at craps, or Pai Gow poker, and especially with my own personal video poker terminal. The last time I played blackjack was at Ellis Island, Las Vegas, with a great dealer, great atmosphere, kind players and a $5 minimum. Ah, those were the days….

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So, don’t bitch about something that doesn’t exist, don’t play $5 tables and expect highly skilled players. Take the good with the bad, and embrace the math, not the myth.




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