Blackjack Myths Debunked

Blackjack is undoubtedly one of the most popular casino games in the world, and given its prevalence in casinos everywhere, it’s no surprise that the game is surrounded by myths and common misperceptions. From card counting and progressive betting increasing ones chances of winning, we’re about to debunk 5 of the most common blackjack myths so listen up!

  1. Dealers Winning Streak

Myth: Ever heard of the term “hot and cold dealers”? If you’ve spent any time in casinos playing blackjack, chances are that these terms are something you hear all of the time and may even use yourself. As the name suggests, “hot” dealers are considered to be those that are deemed good or lucky, with “cold” being the world that’s used to describe dealers that are on a losing streak.

Truth: As much as people tend to believe in it, winning streaks are something that is just as common among players as it is among dealers. Everyone can get lucky, and dealers are no different but believing that the house has a way of knowing how many hands it has lost and has the power to change the game in accordance to that is truly senseless.

  1. Card Counting is Illegal

Myth: The much-publicised skill of card counting is illegal.

Truth: Technically, card counting is not illegal and can be used, but not openly. Casinos frown upon the skill for the simple fact that it can dramatically increase players odds of winning, and although it’s ok to show that you know how to play blackjack and you’re confident in your game, it’s not a good idea to show that card counting is part of your winning strategy.

  1. Dealers always have a 10 in the Hole

Myth: Many players assume that the dealer always has a 10-valued card as their hole card.

Truth: Out of the 52 cards in the deck, there are 16 that are valued at 10. Therefore, the 70% chance that the dealer is holding a card that’s not valued at 10 is much higher than the 30% of them holding a 10-valued card.

  1. Due a Win or “bit of luck”!

Myth: As with casino games in general, there are players that believe that because they’ve experienced a losing streak, they must be due a big win soon.

Truth: If you exclude the ties, every hand in blackjack has a probability of 48% of winning and just because you have lost six or seven hands in a row, it does not mean that this percentage will increase. The cards have no memory and bets should not be increased in the hopes of a winning steak.

  1. Progressive Betting Increases the odds of Winning

Myth: When using a progressive betting system, players double their bets with every loss until they win and vice versa.

Truth: The result of each blackjack hand is totally random and progressive bets do not increase ones chances of winning. In fact, it can do more harm than good and should be completely avoided.

Blackjack is a game that’s loved and enjoyed by millions of casino goers all over the world, and this popularity has lead to an accumulative of senseless myths and misconceptions. We’ve just debunked 5 of the most common so that you can eliminate the nonsense and fully understand the foundation and strategic approach that’s required to win at Blackjack.

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