Gambling is betting on something that if you win yields a reward. If youre not sure where to put your money when you step into the casino this article is for you. Every choice we make is a gamble essentially. Some gambles are bold and have a high degree of risk and on the other end of the spectrum there is the gamble that is safe and low risk. All of us, when faced with a choice, would essentially choose the gamble that produces the best results and in turn, gain ground in our pursuit of happiness. There is no doubt that most of us would risk it all if we knew that we were guaranteed the reward. But there are no such guarantees. However the more aware we are of the risk reward ratio the better choice we can make when gambling with our life, love, career, and money.
I have worked in a casino for a total of four years. For more than three of those years I was a Blackjack dealer. I knew very little about casinos and the kinds of games they offered at that point. When I was twenty one I went to the casino with $400 dollars and had no idea how I was going to use it. We all figure somewhere in our minds that when we go to a casino that we are going to be winners but that is far from the truth. Each and every game offers different odds and those odds can be improved or worsened depending on how much you know about that game. Of course I didnt know this until I started working for a casino. During my first trip to the casino I would lose my $400 in two hours paying to learn the hard way.
When I became a blackjack dealer I ate it up fast and quick. I had always loved statistics and blackjack was all about taking advantage of the numbers. As I was trained for two weeks about the game, I constantly reflected on my first experience at the casino and was surprised by how much information about the game I didnt know. The crazy thing about it was that there was lots of information to gain on the game just by reading a book or two about it. The first lesson I learned about bettering my odds was that everyone should know something about the game they are going to play before going to the casino. Just spending a couple hours may not make you a guaranteed winner but it most likely will keep you in the casino longer. Whether youre going just to have a good time, perhaps with friends, and have already set a budget of money you have afforded to lose or whether youre trying to take the House head on you need to do some homework.
The first couple of weeks dealing cards for the first time are pretty intense. Most of your time is spent on your mechanics and learning the game. You engage in conversation with the customers but its hard to get caught up in it because the game is not second nature at that point. However, as time went on, I could literally deal cards as if I was breathing air. I became a sponge learning every aspect of the game its history, the strategies professionals use, and the strategies regular folks use or didnt use. Most people that are novice to the game of blackjack think the name of the game is to get as close to 21 as you can. Though the closer you get to 21 the more likely you are to win there are many instances in which actively doing this every hand reduces your odds. A second secret to sitting at the table longer is knowing when to take a card and when to stand your hand. The reason for this is that the casino has rules by which it must play its hand. Casinos are not trying to beat your hand. Casinos play their hands to stand on 17 or better. Because of this fact you need to play your cards based on that house rule. So the second lesson I learned quickly was that anyone who plays the game of blackjack needs to learn about Basic Strategy. Basic Strategy, though seems difficult to memorize at first, is an intuitive strategy once you get the gist of it. The best thing about it is that you dont have to memorize it at all. Most casinos will have a Basic Strategy chart that if you ask for they will give you and you can refer to it as you play at the table. If only I had known that the first time I went to play. The casinos however wont advertise that they have this little handy chart unless you specifically ask for it.
When you understand the game of Blackjack and learn Basic Strategy and you walk into the casino you are now armed with the knowledge to be at almost 50 50 odds when playing the traditional game, you will be playing the best game for your money when you are in the casino. Thats right, the best game for your money. You have a 1 in 2 chance of winning each and every hand you play. You will find no other game in the casino that will give you those kinds of odds, whether it is craps, baccarat, roulette, or slots slots are the worst of them all.