Blackjack Not a Team Game

Blackjack Not a Team Game responds to players who play at low-limit tables and complain about another player’s strategy. Where else are beginning or recreational gamblers supposed to play? Shaming and blaming them for your lack of success is just wrong. If you want a better strategy played, I hear you can reserve a table in High Limit…..

Blackjack Not a Team Game

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. This is because they have the most fun. There is even a tolerance for “Don’t Pass” bettors as long as they are quiet about their opposite approach. The shooter is the warrior, the attacker of the group. His dice throw will determine the other player’s success – at least that betting pass line. Craps is the only “one for all and all for one” table game…..and that includes any carnival games.

The 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. Anyone who tells otherwise is 1) a bad loser, 2) expects you to play only in a way that he wins, and 3) is unaware or in denial of the mathematical truth behind that fallacy.

Stop Complaining; It Doesn’t Matter


“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 the third base and starts messing up the cards. What do you do about that?”

Anonymous Rude Blackjack Player

Superstitions and myths believed by even the best players are so tiresome. Remember what we say at NETimeGambling, “Embrace the math, not the Myth.

Ken Smith Embraces the Math

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: “Other players have no appreciable effect on your results. That’s right… Johnny, Clueless, 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. Explaining 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 nod 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. “

The bottom line is you can win as much as you lose from players and their poor strategy – short or long term.

Moral of the Story

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, especially with my 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…