“This is where your blackjack skills come in handy. Armed with the knowledge of basic strategy, you can lower the casino’s advantage by a large measure. If, for example, the casino’s edge is 2%, you can lower this theoretical value to about 0.5% in real life – provided you have a good knowledge of blackjack strategy. Of course, the formula (at 2%) is still applied, so you still get the same amount of comps plus higher winnings. Another way to lower your actual losses would be to play less hands. If the casino expects you to play about 60 hands per hour, then try slowing down your play and lower your figure to about 40 hands per hour.
That would, in effect, lower your actual loss as well (while still maintaining the theoretical loss). Of course, this whole strategy of gaining more comps is reliant on a very important thing – your knowledge of basic strategy. Yup, you can’t go far with blackjack unless you master this.”
I prefer to play on nights when the casino’s are full and having more people on the tables slows down play. My question is, Wouldn’t the pit boss or casino management alter the comp payouts for the amount of people at the tables?
Thats one way Basic Strategy pays off that I hadn’t thought of when I started playing. The trick is adding that little extra to almost guarantee income.
Blackjack Basic Strategy, played perfectly in a game with favorable rules, will reduce the edge against you to about one half of one percent, the best odds of any game in the casino.
But still – it’s a negative edge. While you can win in the short term on any given day, in the long term that one half percent edge against you will eventually grind you down if you play long enough and frequently enough.
An advanced basic strategy – or what we call Basic Strategy Plus – is necessary for you to step up from being a casual player to being a serious recreational player who has a better chance of winning over the long term.
To reduce the small edge against you with Basic Strategy even further, and at times even turn it into a positive edge in your favor, you simply must pay attention to the cards on the table and develop some sense of the proportion of high cards versus low cards remaining in the deck. This is exactly what a card counter does.