Online blackjack is characterized by its 2 main levels – the beginners’ level, the intermediate one and then the advanced level. With regards to the first, online casino players familiarize themselves with the general ideas of the game. On the intermediate level, more complicated ideas, for example with regards to weak and strong dealer cards, as well as some basic strategy will be learned. Finally, and concerning the advanced level, all rules and exceptions are learned and perfected. Note that while proceeding from the intermediate to the advanced level, you will have to unlearn a few previously acquired strong habits and, particularly, the following three:
If you are an intermediate online casino player, the first and foremost habit you will have to unlearn is the assumption that all weak dealer cards are equal. Starting from the weakest, those dealer cards are 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. Mind you, 2 and 7 cards differ only minimally from each other with regards to the dealer’s odds of being busted. Indeed, many times the actions you will take a 2 vs. the remainder of the weak cards, will be profoundly different. To exemplify, take a hard 12 where you hit against a 2 while standing with a 3-6 whereas, in the case of a 13, you would equally stand with 2-6.
The second common error of online gamblers is to surrender too often. In fact, in most blackjack games merely two or three situations justify surrender and with an average occurrence of once or twice per session, this doesn’t happen all that often. Surrendering too frequently results in giving away significantly more value than in the adverse case since not surrendering when necessary is a minor mistake compared to surrendering a hand when you really should not. The latter is usually considered a much bigger mistake.
Lastly, even strong intermediate online casino gamblers make the mistake of not adjusting to the particular rules of the blackjack variation that is being played. When playing a new variant, a player needs to previously familiarize him– or herself with any potential changes to the rules for the game so as to being able to conduct any necessary strategic adjustments. Blackjack games vary and already small differences in the rules can result in considerable changes as to what constitutes the most appropriate strategy.