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Rookie Errors in Blackjack That You Want to Avoid

When we learn a new game, whatever it is and whatever our personal experience could be, we always start by learning the rules first.

After a period, which can change from person to person, we start learning to be smarter at it. Lots of people think that games are ruled by luck.

It is partially true but, although luck matters when playing, what matters more is the experience.

The more we play, the better we become. This is a simple rule which applies to all games or activities.

Before we get to a certain level in something we always crush on the most common errors, those that we call, rookie errors or newbies mistakes – read the guide.

List of the most common errors made by a rookie while playing BJ


You should get as close as possible to 21

The first and most diffuse error made by, almost 100% of people who play BJ for the first time is to think that the main goal is to get as close as possible to 21.

Although the game has that number as its breakpoint, it doesn’t mean that you must hit it.

To be more specific, you don’t need to have a big number to win the hand, what you need is a better result than the dealer.

So, if you have 15 and the dealer will bust his hand by calling for a card, you have won even if you were quite far from the number 21.


Check only on your cards

Another massive error that newbies do is checking only on their cards. This is a very common mistake.


Blackjack is a game of strategy and pattern actions

It seems obvious that for a rookie is important to remember the rules, but this should not keep the focus away from the fundaments, the main goal is beating the dealer, then their cards matter as much as yours.

A successful player is a strategic player. All the big champions are fully disciplined and they don’t make any movements if not by following a strategy.

To have an example, if you got 11 as a first hand but not an ace, and the dealer has a 4 as uncovered card, then you must stand. This is a typical example of a strategy pattern, where the dealer’s cards matter and affect your next movement.

You’ll never get a full comprehension of a winning strategy straight away but, at least, you’ll learn the behaviour.


Not getting to know the rules before playing

Last but not least, one of the most common mistakes that a rookie makes is taking a seat without even checking the rules. If you are approaching this game probably you think that all the tables in BJ are offering the same rules and the same payback.

This is not true, I’m afraid. Each time you take a seat, before even starting you should read what is written on the table, or at least, if we are talking to a physical casino, ask the dealer what rules are applied to that specific table.


Final thoughts

Playing blackjack is not just a hobby, it is also a discipline. As it is for the sport or life, you must first know all the rules and face lots of defeats, and then, only passing through some training and commitment you will be ready to win.

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