The majority of the casino myths you hear will negatively affect your blackjack play. The worst part is that you could subscribe to one of these myths and not even know it! Obviously you don’t want to fall for a myth that could hurt your game, so let’s look at some of the most common blackjack myths.
Myth: You’re due for a win
Truth: This is one of the more understandable myths because most casino players think that they’ll eventually win after losing several hands in a row. The whole “due for a win” concept causes many players to make large bets after they’ve lost several hands in a row. But the thing to realize here is that the casino edge doesn’t change just because you have lost a few hands. Even if you lose 20 hands in a row, you will still have the same chance of winning the following hand. So don’t ever risk a substantial portion of your bankroll when you’re supposedly due for a win.
Myth: The Goal of Blackjack is to get as close to 21 as Possible
Truth: Most beginning players fall for this myth because they haven’t been exposed to much casino blackjack strategy. And this myth is definitely a bad thing since it leads to players busting in pursuit of getting as close as possible to 21. But what players who believe this myth need to realize is that blackjack isn’t about getting close to 21; instead, it’s about beating the dealer. This being the case, you need to watch the dealer’s upcard, look at your card total, and make decisions from there.
Myth: Assume the Dealer’s Hole Card is 10
Truth: This myth comes from those who are paranoid that the dealer will always have some great score, so they hit as much as possible. For example, if the casino dealer has an upcard of 10, players automatically assume that the dealer has a 10 waiting as their hole card. But the truth is that only one-third of the cards in the deck are worth 10, and the other two-thirds of the cards are either aces or 2-9. Case in point, don’t start hitting with a hard 17 when the dealer’s upcard is 10 because more times than not, they won’t draw another 10.
Myth: Bad Players make the Table lose
Truth: You can’t deny that it’s annoying to play with somebody who takes the dealer’s bust card by hitting on 15 when the dealer has an upcard of 4. In fact, the table tends to blame this person for making them lose. But if you’re one of the people who’s blaming a bad player for your losses - stop! The bad casino player only adds variance to the game, and they’ll cause others at the table to win just as many times as they cause them to lose.
Myth: Single Deck Blackjack is Always More Profitable
Truth: Statistically speaking, if all the rule modifications between single deck blackjack and a multi-deck game were equal, the single deck game would give the house a smaller edge. However, casinos don’t typically offer regular single deck blackjack for the simple fact that there are less profits involved for them (plus it makes card counting easier). And when they do offer single deck blackjack, there are always rule variations that make the game less profitable such as 6:5 payouts for natural blackjack instead of 3:2 payouts.
In any case, make sure to watch out for the aforementioned myths because they’ll drain your casino blackjack bankroll quickly.