When to Leave the Blackjack Table
Whether it's a hot streak or free drinks, casinos make it hard to know when to leave the table. Mr Blackjack shares the optimal time you should walk away.
[MUSIC PLAYING] - When do you leave the blackjack table? I get this question a lot. Lesson six, when to leave the blackjack table. Do you leave when you're up? Or do you leave when you've lost all your money? Or do you listen to that voice inside your head that says you should leave?
Any gambler will know that at some point in every session, that thought comes in. What is important is to set a goal for the evening and stick to it. Are you going out to have fun and blow $500? If that's your goal for the evening and in the end you accomplish that goal, good for you.
If your goal is to win $200 and then walk away, that should be your goal. Stick to it. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It's as simple as that.
So when you take that $500 and turn it into $700, it's time to leave. Turning $500 into $700 is a 40% profit goal, which is achievable. However, losing $500 and then reloading with another $500 in order to win back your initial $500 and win an extra $200 becomes less achievable. This would be an example of when to leave the table.
There's no perfect answer for when to leave. Some will tell you to leave when you triple your money. Or maybe five times your money is the way to go. Don't forget, it's important to leave when you're up. But it's also OK to leave when you're down. The best approach any player can make is to make a realistic goal and then stick to it.
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What this lesson covers
- The optimum time to exit a game
- Signs you are tilting
- Setting responsible limits for your gameplay
Meet Mr Blackjack
With a career spanning two decades, Mathieu Blake knows his way around a blackjack table. He's taught and entertained over 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel NeverSplit10's . In this series he'll take you through basic strategy, card counting, and bankroll management. Take a seat with Mr Blackjack and become a winning player.
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You have a weak hand and the dealer has a bust card. In this situation, you must look at your potential to make a better hand and hit.
- Why is a soft 18 considered a weak hand if the dealer has a 10?
If the dealer has a 30% chance of their next card being a 10, then it beats a soft 18. According to basic blackjack strategy, hitting gives you a chance to make a better hand.
- What are soft and hard hands in blackjack?
Soft hands have an Ace as one of the starting cards. Given Aces are worth one or 11, these are called ‘soft’ hands because their value is flexible.
- Is there a particular strategy I should use for soft hands in blackjack?
Basic strategy incorporates the optimal move for soft hands in any scenario in blackjack. No additional strategy is needed for these hand values.
- Should I split my 9s if the dealer has an eight too?
The only time you should never split a pair of 9s is when the dealer’s up-card is a seven, 10, or an Ace. On these occasions, you should stand. Lesson four on splitting in season two of Blackjack Academy will tell you the optimal time to split in any blackjack scenario.
- Do dealers know basic strategy?
Blackjack dealers will have some knowledge of basic strategy at least, but they cannot use it. They must follow the casino’s blackjack table rules and either stand or hit on a soft 17.
- Can you use blackjack cheat sheets on these hands in the casino?
You can bring basic strategy charts to the casino to use on any hand. Some casinos will even sell you basic strategy cards at their premises.