Gambling is an engaging, and often rewarding, pastime for most adults. But when you do not gamble responsibly, then you could make poor decisions that would affect the quality of life enjoyed by you and your family. It is particularly important to maintain a responsible gambling habit when playing blackjack since there is some level of skill that is involved in its gameplay.
One of the most important rules regarding any form of gambling is not to gamble any funds that had been budgeted for other purposes. This includes money that was meant to go into your savings. You should only gamble with your excess disposable income. Never be deluded that you have a foolproof blackjack system. While having a strategy might give you an advantage, a lot of luck is involved in blackjack and the odds usually favor the house.
Similarly, don’t be pressured by your colleagues or other gamblers into betting more than you had planned to. If you don’t trust your self-control, or if you are impulsive in nature, only carry the cash that you are willing to lose every time you go out to enjoy blackjack. Leave any additional cash or credit cards at home so that you don’t spend more than you have planned to. No matter how ‘lucky’ you feel, or how confident you are in your hand, don’t be pressurized into betting more than you had planned to.
As blackjack is a game that requires decision making regarding the risk you are willing to take, being inebriated puts you in an immediate disadvantage. You can enjoy a drink or two, but don’t play blackjack if your decision making is severely impaired. There is a reason that most casinos are generous with complimentary alcohol; it tips the odds in their favor if you don’t’ have a clear mind when playing their games.
Another important tip is to always have a clear strategy when playing blackjack. While there is no ‘guaranteed’ winning strategy, your chances of winning will be higher if you have a well thought of plan for playing. At the very least, working on a strategy will ensure that you understand the game and its rules. Try to create a playing strategy and stick to it when on the blackjack table. Depending on the hand you have, and the dealer’s up card, you can deviate slightly from your plan but don’ abandon it altogether.
You should always be ready to walk away from the blackjack table if circumstances require you to do so. If you win big on a game, or if you are on a ‘hot streak’ you should always know that the house always has an advantage. There is no hot streak that will last forever; if you have some significant winnings then you should walk away and enjoy your winnings rather than losing it all in the casino.
Finally, don’t be a compulsive gambler. Gambling is quite addictive, especially if you are a person whose personality makes them susceptible to addition. Play black jack once or twice a week. If you find yourself in the casino on a daily basis, then you should seek help with your gambling addiction.