It is always important to look at the psychological aspect of blackjack, since there are not only betting but playing decisions to be made. Many customers, including those who play at BetAnySports, enjoy blackjack more than roulette, baccarat or craps in that they feel more of a sense of control and can exercise a variety of options during play.
That indeed is a potential advantage to blackjack, since the house’s edge, or lack of it, is very much dependent on the player’s level of skill. The psychological pitfalls involved are what can really lower the skill level of a player, and also serve to put up a virtual “wall” that prevents the player from being able to learn a strategy that will yield the greatest chance for success.
Problems arise particularly when it comes to playing off hard totals of 12 through 16. Players often fail to hit their hand in accordance with the Basic Strategy for fear of busting before the dealer has an opportunity to play his hand out. Why? Well, there are two major reasons. One is that those players feel it is worse to bust out than to hold out and lose to the dealer’s better hand, since the dealer’s draw is out of the player’s control.
Also, players have a tendency to want to “hang in there” and keep their winning hopes alive for as long as possible, and therefore they stand and wait for the dealer to make a move. The truth is that even with the worst upcards possible (5 or 6), the dealer will only bust a maximum of 42% of the time in the long run, so sitting back and waiting is not sound strategy at all.
One psychological myth that appears to be embedded in the minds of many people is that luck always seems to run in streaks. This misguided notion spawns a strategy of continually increasing bets after wins and decreasing them after losses. On the other side of the coin, there is a “school of thought” many people subscribe to, which advocates increasing (usually doubling) bets after losing, and decreasing after wins. This is based on the misconception of the so-called “law of averages” which theorizes that sooner or later you would have to win.
Of course, this is known as the “Martingale” betting strategy, and can be the quickest road to ruin, since one can keep losing consecutive hands and soon be in excess of the house limit, at which point the strategy has been rendered completely useless, with no chance to make up for what has been lost.
Another variation on the “law of averages” involves the perception of the non-counting player that “a lot” of small cards just dealt would denote that “a lot” of big cards are on their way, of course leading to hunch plays which are based upon nothing but pure supposition. It gets to be very difficult for players to stick to a Basic Strategy without deviation, but for some it takes the fun out of the game. Personally, winning money – or having a real chance to win it – is a lot more fun than screwing yourself out of the game before a card is dealt, but to each his own.
Just remember where the psychological pitfalls are, and do your level best to avoid them.
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