How to Win in Blackjack

June 7, 2003, 3:50 am EST

So you've been playing blackjack online or at a casino, and have been doing pretty well for yourself. You log on to play, and at the end of the night, you are up a few hundred dollars. Most people just play for fun or to mess around, but there are a large number of people out there who supplement their incomes playing blackjack. I'm not going to tell you it's easy, because it is not, but it is possible. I play blackjack myself online and at smaller local casinos, and do fairly well. It's not like I am going to quit my job or anything, but it helps pay the bills. Here are the steps you should take if you want to make a go of it.

1) If you have never played blackjack online before, then sign up for the free blackjack game located on the main page. It gives you a good introduction into what it is like to play blackjack online, without actually having to risk any real money while you are still learning.

2) Sign up for an account at a casino online. These casinos are some of the places that we like to play at; they offer competitive bonuses and the graphics are excellent.

3) Learn as much as you can about the rules of the game. Learn about the odds of blackjack. Learn as much about the strategy of blackjack as you possibly can. When should you hit? When should you stick? What are the odds associated with my hand, with the dealer's hand?

4) Set a "maximum pain" point. Meaning, decide before hand, I am going to lose a maximum of 200 dollars learning how to play blackjack. Once I lose more than that, I'm done.

5) Make small bets when you are starting out. Learn about money management; don't blow your entire bankroll in three bets. Have enough money and make your bets small enough so that you could go 30 hands in a row, losing every hand, and still be in the game.

6) Don't be distracted when you are playing. If you are going to take it seriously, it means that your mind must be free of distraction. Turn the TV off; shut the door; don't answer the phone. Knowing the strategy and odds associated with each hand requires complete focus.

7) Last but not least, play often. Practise makes perfect.

Follow these steps and you are on your way to becoming a well-rounded blackjack player.