Blackjack Games video machines can be seen in most
casinos, and can be played for either 25¢ or
$1 tokens. Some machines limit the player to five
coins bet at one time, and others go up to 100 coins
at one time. The rules vary from machine to machine,
but are roughly the same as the table games of online
However, although most options are available, such
as doubling down and splitting of cards, and in some
machines, even surrender, the usual payoff on a online
blackjack games is even money instead of 3-2, and
that fact alone makes these machines poor selections
for an astute bettor. We're not going into the ramifications
of video online blackjack games other than to suggest
that you avoid the games. For one thing, each time
you play a new hand, you're theoretically facing a
newly shuffled deck of cards. Thus, you can't count
cards, or know if the deck is turning favorable or
unfavorable; with the rules of play it's always slightly
unfavorable to the player. And there's no dealer to
read for tells.
Your best bet is to play at a regular online blackjack
games table against a single-deck games. Not only
will you have all options available, including a 3-2
payoff for a online blackjack games, but you can also
count cards and take advantage of solid situations
when the deck is in your favor by raising your bets.
If you're playing for $1 a pop at the video machine,
find a $1 games (such as in the Horseshoe in Las Vegas)
in which you face only a single deck. If you're playing
against a double deck, that's OK also. You'll have
a much better shot at winning if you read and study
our page on online blackjack games in this Site.
street is a critical decision point in seven-card
hi/lo split. You want to improve on fourth street
if you're going to continue the hand. Ideally, you
want to catch a low card that doesn't pair you and
that continues either a flush draw or straight draw.
Of course, you usually won't hit the ideal. But when
you do, get aggressive. Strong two-way draws are very
strong hands in hi/lo split poker. This is especially
true in seven-card stud if you have a threatening
board in addition to strong draws.
Sometimes any improvement, even marginal improvement,
is enough to continue, and sometimes you want to look
for a strong improvement. How you should play your
hand on fourth street depends mostly on the size of
the pot-on whether it was raised or not on third street.
If the pot has been raised, it's usually big enough
to justify chasing some. I tend to let the other players
have the little pots, while I go after the big pots
aggressively. With a large pot, just a little bit
of an improvement is enough to take off another card.