Beginning and avid gamblers alike equally appreciate a good game of blackjack. As one of the most popular card games in the casino, blackjack continues to draw in big crowds of players. If you enjoy a good game of blackjack but often find yourself on the losing end of the game, then you have come to the right place. Unlike many casino games such as slots or roulette, the game of blackjack requires a little skill in addition to pure luck. This article will inform you about a handful of tips to increase your odds of winning. Who wouldn’t want that? Read the information below to get a better understanding of the game of blackjack and to pick up a few winning tips. Tip One: Do Some Reading A lot of players sit down to play a game of blackjack without knowing anything about the game at hand; in fact, some people sit down without a clue as to what game is even being played. Obviously, this can result in a not-so-great casino visit and an almost definite loss. In order to avoid this unfortunate turn of events, you need to “read” the table. Take a look at this list to learn how: Know the version. Before you sit down, find out if the game being played is a standard version of blackjack or a deviation of some sort. If you are a beginner, playing a standard game is the best way to go. The confusing rules added onto deviation forms of the game may result in frustration and embarrassment. Know the limits. During a game of blackjack there are usually limits indicating minimum bids and maximum bids allotted to players during each hand. You need to know these limits before you join a game. Know the specifics. You may also want to find out which cards you can choose to double down on, which two cards can be turned into a split and how many times this can take place, and whether or not you are allowed to surrender. Tip Two: Dealer Help When you are scoping out which table to sit at during a game of blackjack, one of the first things to take into consideration is whether or not the table appears to be run by a friendly dealer. Are you familiar with those “fancy” Japanese restaurants that feature chefs who cook right in front of you? Having a good chef can make or break the experience of dining at a specific restaurant. The same concept can be applied to dealers and card tables. Finding a dealer who is friendly and informative will greatly contribute to how much you enjoy yourself during a given game. Besides, dealers work for tips. It is literally their job to be friendly. If they are not being friendly, there is no reason to stick around at their table. Tip Three: Stay Focused If you are over the age of 21, then you are probably well aware of the fact that alcohol serves as a judgment inhibitor. To put it shortly, the more alcohol you consume, the less ability you will have to make competent decisions during a round of blackjack. If you drink too much, you can not make good decisions. Blackjack is a fun game and you do not need to consume an alcoholic beverage to enjoy yourself. Play your best by turning down those offers for free drinks. Buy a coke. Tip Four: Go Prepared Before you hit the casino doors, you should approach with a solid understanding of the blackjack framework. Be prepared to play by having at least a basic grasp on the game play, rules, and regulations. If you do not feel comfortable at the thought of teaching yourself a concept, then you may want to try asking a friend to teach you the basics of the game. Learning from other people is a great way to make information “stick” in your brain, especially if you do not learn well by reading text. Tip Five: Be Smart Research indicates that people spend more than they are comfortable with when they are experiencing anger or frustration. This means that when you are losing, you are more likely to start making unwise financial decisions. In order to avoid not-so-smart financial decisions made during the heat of a game, try coming up with a predetermined limit before you start a game of blackjack. For instance, if you set a $200 limit for yourself, then you can budget and remain aware of where your money is going and when. The next time you visit a casino with the intention of playing blackjack, keep these tips in mind. You may be surprised at how much it helps to simply prepare and approach the situation with a little more knowledge. Good luck out there!