Blackjack is a gambler’s dream shot at ‘taking the house down.’ Movies like Rainman and 21 have given the game certain notoriety that makes everyone believe that they can count cards and make a killing at the tables. While this aura of allure surrounding this card game is certainly powerful enough to draw winners and losers alike, there is something deeper and more psychological to the temptation that blackjack offers.
The most apparent attraction that blackjack presents is money that can be won by a dedicated and “educated” player. The second adjective in this description refers to techniques to increase your winning edge and decrease the house edge. Blackjack can pay out as much as 105%, which means that you make $5 on every $100 bet on average. You won’t win it this way, but if you count cards or use progression techniques, it will average out.
Psychological Profile of a Blackjack Player
Blackjack requires a high degree of skill and an even higher degree of the ability to take calculated risks. Far from being a random game of chance – such as one might consider roulette – it is a thinker’s game. Careful adherence to card-counting rules can make you win more than you lose, but the sheer thrill of “possibly” winning the next hand and being compensated for losses is what keeps people returning again and again. This temptation to see this thing through to the end is a compelling draw for most people.
The Variant Factor
If variety is the spice of life, then blackjack is a genuinely spicy game! With no less than 113 rule variations of the game, nearly anyone remotely interested in blackjack is sure to be able to find a variation that fits them like a glove. Games like Super 21, Switch, Pontoon, Spanish 21, Perfect Pairs, and Vegas Strip each offer a unique player experience and opportunities to get an edge over the house.
This is what it’s all about in the end: getting that edge and beating the house. Surely, nothing in the world of gambling can be more enticing than that! Oh, and if you’re winning, the money’s not bad either!