speaking, these refinements will not be enough to
actually give you the upper hand in the overall
games. The old axiom still remains true that you
simply have to count at least some cards to be an
out-and-out winner at Online Blackjack Games. But
adding the concepts from this page to your basic
strategy play can cut about 3/l0% off that last
1/2% advantage the casino holds over you. That in
turn, will save you money and convert a few of your
playing sessions from losers into winners.
This page then, is dedicated to the huge multitude
of players wallowing in that vast gap between basic
strategy and card counting -- who want more. The
first fine-tuning technique described here won't
come in handy very often in today's games, since
it applies only to single deck play. But it's still
a concept that should be understood by the "thinking"
player. So let's get it spelled out right up front.
just one other player at the table and you have
gotten a glimpse at his cards (which is easy to
do)! Notice that there are no 10's among either
of your hands. The point here is, it doesn't matter
whether it's the first hand off the top of the deck,
or you're thirty cards into it and haven't been
paying attention to what's been played out. Either
way, where you're concerned the dealer could have
any one of 47 cards in the hole and 16 of them would
be a 10. That's over one-third winners for you on
a bet that pays 2-to-1 odds.
So get some Insurance money out there! You now have
a 2.1% edge on the Insurance wager instead of the
usual 5.9% single deck disadvantage. If you could
see a third hand and that player held no 10's either,
your Insurance edge would climb to 6.7%! This is
how shifting odds can work in the player's favor.
Don't be concerned about the cards that may have
already gone by just because you don't know what
they were. They're in exactly the same category
as the cards still remaining in the deck; unknown!
Even though your information may not be as complete
as you'd like, any card you can't eliminate by having
seen it must be considered available to be the dealer's
The following chart itemizes the single deck opportunities
for profitable Insurance betting by a non-counting
Online Blackjack Games player. Look them over. Should
one of these situations pop up when you're at the
table, take Insurance!
at the bottom row. If you can see four players hands
including your own and there's no more than one
10 among them when the dealer's got an Ace up, take
Insurance. That's because 35% of the unseen cards
(15 out of 43) are 10'.s. Other than using the information
above, it's true that a basic strategy player should
simply forget the Insurance proposition exists.