When it comes to blackjack, the most popular casino game in the world, there are a few myths and superstitions that have built up over the years. If you really want to be the best at blackjack, you might want to pay attention to the way the other players play to see if they are superstitious. Some myths can result in poor strategy so it's important to keep an open mind and learn the best strategies with our basic blackjack guide before you hit he blackjack table. In fact, some players often just want something to blame when they're having a losing streak. We've put together a few of the blackjack myths that may hold some players back, that you should use to your advantage and play to your full potential to beat the dealer.
Myth #1 It Takes Luck To Win At Blackjack
When it comes to playing blackjack, there is actually a lot of strategy involved. It has one of the lowest house-edges on average (although this is not the case on every blackjack table, but it is common). If you play the correct strategy against the house, players can reduce the house edge to as low as 0.36% in favour of the casino. Although some side-bets may be deemed to have a bit of luck behind them, as you can only try to work out what the dealer's hole card is without actually knowing, blackjack is a game of strategy, not luck.
Myth #2 Bad Players At The Table Can Decrease Your Advantage
Some people believe that unskilled players, or players that are having a bad day at the tables can hurt other players' chance of winning. Of course, this is false. When players have a bad experience at a table, they can be quick to blame someone else, and even the most professional blackjack players can have a losing experience – due to the variability of the game. People may not even consider that their losses may be due to the fact that they don't know basic blackjack strategy – they may just blame it on the player at the end of the table making bad plays and killing of the table.
Blackjack is solely about you and the dealer, with no other players affecting the game whatsoever, so blackjack players should ensure to keep focus on just that, rather than worrying about what other players on the table are doing.
Myth #3 Always Go For 21
When it comes to blackjack, there is a common misconception that the objective of the game is to hit 21. In fact, this strictly isn't true. The objective of the game is to beat the dealer, whether that means hitting 21 or not. Of course, the closer you get to 21 the easier it is to beat the dealer, unless of course they have a blackjack. The probability of being dealt a blackjack, without factoring in any cards that have already been dealt, is as low as 2.37%, so you need to play smart. When the dealer shows you your cards, and you see his upcard, it is there that you need to make the decision about whether you should hit, stand, split or double down, in order to try and beat the dealer. On some tables, dealers are required to stand on a soft 17, and with the relatively low house-edge you may be able to beat the dealer with anything from 18 upwards. If you have a line of thinking that means you must get as close to 21 as possible, and won't settle for an 18 or 19, you're probably going to end up going bust more times than you win. This is because there is around a 31% chance of being dealt a card with a value of 10.
Myth #4 Always Take Insurance
Insurance is a side-bet that players can use when they see the dealer's upcard is an ace. Initially, a player will bet half of their initial stake. The insurance side-bet will ensure that if the dealer turns over a 10/face-card to reveal a blackjack the player will receive a payout of 2:1. If not, then the insurance bet is lost and the hand will continue. However, insurance is not necessarily the best way to go, particularly if you're not an experienced player. The odds of a dealer getting a blackjack is a little over 9:4 and the payout 2:1. This small difference gives the house an edge of more than 12%, which are huge odds.
Myth #5 Always Assume The Dealer Has A 10 In The Hole
This is a common myth, and a popular strategy used by some. Since there are more cards in a deck that are worth a value of 10 (the tens, jacks, queens and kings), players will generally assume that the dealer will always have a 10 in the hole, and therefore are advised to play their hand accordingly. Although it is right that more cards in a deck are worth 10, this only equates to around 31% of the deck, which means that 69% of the time, the dealer will have another value in the hole. Playing hands with the assumption that the dealer always has a 10 in the hole can lead to very costly playing mistakes. Instead, you should make sure that you play by the basic strategy instead.
Myth #6 Never Hit A 12 Against A Dealer's 2 Upcard Or You Will Draw A 10 and Bust
Some people believe that they will draw a 10 when they hit a 12 against a dealer's 2 or 3 and believe that if they stand, and the dealer's downcard was a 10, the dealer would have to hit and end up catching the 10 – resulting in the dealer going bust. In fact, if you hit the 12 you will win about 37% of the time and lose 63% of the time. If you stand however, you will win just 35% of the time and lost 65%. Although the percentages are close, it's always better to have that slight winning advantage, even if it's just 2%, so you should always hit on a 12.
Now we've given you all of the myths that blackjack players may believe when they're on a losing streak, you will be able to spot a superstitious player from a mile off. This will help you to judge the player's decision making skills. However ultimately the objective of the game is for you to beat the dealer, so make sure that you don't believe these myths so you can make the best decisions for your game. You can play any one of our exciting blackjack variations at Ladbrokes Casino, but try not to take these myths to the table!