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Warming up for blackjack

15 July 2017

By John Marchel

It’s Friday night, and you are planning to head to the casino to play some blackjack. Are you ready? Or are you going into the game cold?

Are you sure you have a good recall of all the soft hands for doubling down? Does it take you playing time to get warmed up? Do you have a good handle on splitting against all possible up cards?

If any of those things are a problem for you, then consider this. The skill required to play major league baseball comes from hours of practice before playing. When a ball player prepares for a game, no matter how good he is or how long he’s been playing, he still needs to warm up. In the majors, a player still does stretching exercises, running drills and batting practice before every game.

The same should be true for a blackjack player. He or she needs to warm up and take a type of “batting practice” prior to playing.

A brief practice session consisting of various counting drills, reviewing basic your basic strategy card and doing some playing drills will get you ready for your “game.” Doing a little practice before you go to the casino will have a big impact on your win rate. Try it!


• In Las Vegas in 1940, there were only six casinos and 16 saloons, for a population of 8,422.

• Monaco, home of the Monte Carlo casino, is the second-smallest country in the world, after Vatican City. It is only 485 acres, or 0.75 sq. mi, which is about half the size of New York City’s Central Park.

• After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, local preachers and clergymen blamed the event on God’s wrath over the sins of the city. A year later, the city outlawed all slot machines.

• Between 1790 and the Civil War, 50 colleges, 300 schools and 200 churches were erected with lottery proceeds. Most notably, universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Columbia were all funded by lotteries.

• Ever wonder why dollar chips are white and five-dollar ones are red? In 1832, Edward Pendleton opened a gambling house called the Palace of Fortune on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Those were the colors he used for his chips, and they remain the same colors used by most card rooms and casinos to this day.

• When the post office told Don Laughlin of Nevada that if he wanted mail delivery service to the area in the extreme southern end of Nevada he had to give it a name, the post office suggested he call it Laughlin.

• As early as 1929, Charles Fey, the builder of the first slot machine, built it to take a silver dollar.

• Taxes on European casinos can be extremely high — 50 to 90% — while US taxation on casinos runs between 6 and 8%.

• The U.S. Army operates over 5,000 recreational gambling slot machines in 320 overseas army clubs and recreational hotel facilities. The other military services operate an additional 3,000 machines, also overseas. Profits are earmarked solely for capital expenditure, which support the military’s moral, welfare and recreation programs, all at no cost to taxpayers.

• Vegas Vic, the enormous cowboy sign over Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas is the world’s largest mechanical neon sign. The 75-foot-tall Vegas Vic weights 12,000 pounds, a landmark sign erected in 1951.

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine. Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

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