A former photographer, Jonathan has written extensively about the gambling industry over the last few years. Though perfectly happy chatting at a gaming trade show or lounging in the casino, his favorite place is on a motorcycle with his trusty hound, Yolo. (OK..he's a tiny Maltese)
So you think of yourself as an accomplished card counter. Your game of choice is blackjack. You know that there are no laws against card counting. And you also know that you need to be subtle. If you do get caught out, then you could face the dreaded "back-off".
This blackjack article assumes that you have some basic knowledge of the game. So if you don't then read up on the basics and then come back. Today we're dealing with a hot topic; why splitting tens is a bad move. Many players comment on this. Some claim to win more often than when they split 10's against a dealer's 5 or 6. There is some truth in this assertion. You will actually win more by splitting 10's in those situations. But being able to win more than 50% of the time is only part of this story.
If you're in the US and working in any sector of the service industry, then tips are the way you make your living. In some ways, you could view tipping as a means of communication. The customers are telling the waiter or barman that they're happy with the way they were treated. So the nicer and more helpful you are in your job, the more appreciation you'll receive in the way of monitory reward. For us Europeans, it's a system that only encourages fake smiles and just a veneer of real care. So when you're playing blackjack in the casino, how should you go about tipping your blackjack dealer?
So here you are, sitting at the blackjack table. Facing off against the dealer. As you push your money into the blackjack circle, you know that you're playing the best odds in the house. But if you think that the battle is you vs the house odds, then you are only but skimming the surface. Before you even take your seat, the casino combat measures are already coming into play. Let's have a look at some of the casino tricks they use to separate you from your cash.
If you enjoy playing poker with your mates at the weekend, and you're the one whose always wining, then has if ever crossed your mind about playing poker professionally? Maybe it's the same story at the casino. You find yourself seated at the games table, and for one reason or another, are able to crucify all the other players. Surely, if you're good at something that you enjoy and can make good money from it, then should,'t you be doing it as a profession rather than as a hobby?