Getting Ready to Play – “Warming up for blackjack.” Ar you going into the cold game? Does it take you playing time to get warmed up? If so then consider this. The skill required to play professional baseball comes from hours of practice. When a ball player prepared for a game, no matter how good he might be, he still needs to warm up. Even in the majors a player still does batting practice before a game. The same is true for a casino player; he or she needs to warm up or take a type of “batting practice” prior to playing. A brief practice or drill period on blackjack before you enter the casino could do wonders for your win-rate. A review of an odds chart for craps can be helpful. Whatever your game, it will pay to review the data before you begin playing.
When is the Best Time to Play? –The best time to play is when no one else is there. Play early in the morning between 7 and 10 when everyone else is at breakfast. Play around dinner time, 7 to 8. Finally, consider very early in the morning, from 2 until 5. You will have your choice of tables and dealers. During the busy hours take a nap., rest up, take a shower, and then be already to play later. You will be sharp during those odd hours while all the dealers and supervisors are tired and looking to end their shift. You might even find the grave shift staff a little friendlier since this shift has the least amount of action and tends to relate to customers more.
Don’t get Caught at the Casino – The casinos don’t like winners, particularly blackjack card counters. Be alert to casino counter-measures. Premature shuffling, moving the cut card up towards the top of the deck to reduce penetration, changing the cards, dealers or table limits only at your table indicate that the house is suspicious of you. That is time to move to another casino before getting barred.
Concentrate on the Game – Successful gamblers concentrate on the game at hand. This doesn’t mean rudeness. For example, successful blackjack players can’t become involved in idle chatter with fellow players. There is too much at stake. Simile yes, but long conversations should be avoided. The objective is to win, not to talk, or make new friends, at least while playing. Winning is the name of the game, and that is all that matters while at the casino tables.