I’m a mom and a professional Blackjack player.
Never in a million years would I have believed that my most fun pursuit would end up as my job. Wow!
For several years now, my husband and I have been enjoying ourselves at various local casinos with the odd trip to Las Vegas – and doing it with casino money usually – but it’s very interesting how much more committed to your mission you get when it’s your living.
Blackjack is one of few games in which the player is actively involved in determining his own prosperity rather than merely betting on the outcome of an event over which he has little, if any, control. This is one of the things that makes blackjack a winnable game … For the player who knows how to win.
Winning blackjack players know how to play the game. This means having a complete know-how of how to play blackjack, not just a basic understanding of the game play and how to place bets. To win at blackjack, you start with the fundamentals of basic strategy – how to play hard hands and how to play soft hands.
You also learn when to split pairs and when to double down against the dealer. Then once you’ve mastered that, you start learning more sophisticated strategies, like simple card counts and betting strategies. It’s important to note that the advanced strategy stuff, the stuff that gives you the edge, comes AFTER you’ve learned the fundamental stuff like basic strategy.
Learning to play blackjack as an expert is difficult. Not only do you have to memorize all the correct strategic moves, you also have to consistently make the correct plays. Otherwise you’re just going to lose. The house edge will …