A good number of blackjack players are tempted by betting systems. And most will try at least one at some point in time over the time that they play blackjack. I will admit to having tried one very early in my time of playing blackjack. I fell victim to the Martingale method.
What is the Martingale method? It is a betting system that is unfortunately used in blackjack. The way it works is to double your wager each time you lose. You only return to your original betting amount when you win.
For example, if you wager $10 and lose, the next round you would bet $20. Then $40. Then $80. Then $160. And that only covers five rounds of blackjack which you can do in less than half an hour. You can see how it adds up and how it can spin out of control.
The problem with this blackjack betting system is that eventually you are going to hit the table maximum for betting. It also requires a rather large bankroll in order for you to keep using it.
But the biggest problem, and this applies to every blackjack betting system out there, is that hands of blackjack aren’t linked. They aren’t dependent on each other. This means that there is no certain number of hands that you have to lose until you win again. Each hand is independent of the last. And that applies to online blackjack as well.
Translating this to blackjack betting system, using our Martingale example, this means that you’ll probably keep double your bets because there is no way to know if the end it in sight. And that is how you lose your money.
With blackjack hands being independent of each other there is no way to predict how the cards are going to flow. So it’s almost like you aren’t just betting on winning a hand of blackjack, but are also betting that you know when a losing streak will end.
Because these blackjack betting systems rely on a card system that is dependent on itself when in reality, the cards in blackjack are independent of each other, using a betting strategy is one of the fastest ways to run through your bankroll. Regardless of whether you’re playing blackjack online or in a casino the outcome is highly likely to be the same. And you won’t’ like it.
So avoid using a betting system and either stick with one betting amount or learn to card count if you play in a land based casino.