"I'm Due to Win"

Please -- stop guessing whether you'll win your next bet based upon what's been happening up to now. If it had anything to do with that, there'd be winners all over the place. Yet, most gamblers do believe that the recent past does influence the immediate future. It's a widespread instinctive belief that generates from a basic, but almost universal misunderstanding of how chance events work.

How many times have you seen a Online Blackjack Games player sit down and begin to play very poised at first? Then after losing four or five hands in a row, he raises his bet from $15 up to $50 or $75 on the next hand. Why? Because he was, "due to win", of course! After all, this person knows he has to win a bet sooner or later --so that winning hand must be growing more and more likely with each deal, right? Wrong!

Remember, that big Online Blackjack Games accountant in the sky (mentioned in page One) only exists in your mind. The gambling gods couldn't care less about evening out the score, and the law of averages couldn't care less either. The cards don't know you've just lost five in a row, and you're not any more likely to win your next hand because of it*. Sure, things will come close to balancing out eventually because the odds are so close to 50-50. That's a given. But eventually is the key word here.

Hey, wait a minute! Notice that on one hand I'm pro-claiming you're never "due" to win -- yet on the other hand I'm conceding that things will eventually even out. Well, how can these two things both be true at the same time? Now, listen carefully; this is important.

*Technically in Online Blackjack Games, the player tends to do better with high cards, and the dealer wins more often with low cards. So if the player has lost several consecutive hands, there is a slightly elevated probability that he has used up an abundance of small cards in doing so. Hence, there could be a surplus of undealt high cards at this point in the deal. But this is an unrelated and negligible factor, applicable to Online Blackjack Games alone. To consider it here would only be misleading.

If you decided to flip a coin 100 times, you'd be right to expect 50 heads and 50 tails. But what if the first 20 tosses happened to come up all heads? How many heads should you have at the end of your 100 flips now? If you brought in a professional Las Vegas oddsmaker to set an "over/under" betting line on this, what should his number be? Should it still be 50 total heads? No the answer is 60. Why? Because no matter what's happened thus far;

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The Tight-Aggressive Player
Tight-aggressive is, by a wide margin, the best of the four playing styles. You don't play a lot of hands, so you get the benefits that selectivity brings. When you do get involved you play aggressively and get the benefits that aggressiveness offers.

Loose-aggressive players don't get full value for their aggression because they're involved in too many pots for their raises to earn respect. As a tight-aggressive player, you will be able to steal a number of pots when your respectable starting hand doesn't improve.
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