successful long term blackjack

Playing blackjack can be a successful proposition for players who choose to put in the time and effort involved in learning a few different things. There are three basic things involved in playing blackjack to a successful level and they are proper management of your money, understanding of the basic strategy, and the ability to do basic card counting. Being able to do two of the three will give you a good foundation but in order to be completely profitable in the long term, you must be able to do all three.

In blackjack, there is only one correct move for every single situation you are in. These plays are what make up basic strategy. Learning every single move that is part of basic strategy is one of the first steps to becoming a successful blackjack player. Managing your money is fundamental for all successful gambling ventures and this is true for blackjack as well. As a rule, it is wise to bet no more than 1% of your total money on any given bet. For assumptions sake, if you have a 1.5% advantage over the house and you are betting 1% of your bankroll, the chances of you losing your bankroll is about 5%. That brings us to card counting. There are many different strategies for card counting both simple and complex but for most people using a basic value system that assigns a value to each card and depending on the total value being represented the deck is more or less favorable to the player.