|"There is no such thing as luck."|
- Obi Wan Kenobi
Actual Screen Captures Of Bad Plays
It doesn't matter what the dealer has, you can't make this hand any worse by hitting... and you certainly might improve upon it, especially if you catch a 5 or a 6.
|Splitting 6's against the
dealer's 5, as this player did, was fine. But then
hitting on 15 and standing on 11 were both incorrect.
|A common result when 10's
are split. You turn a great hand into several bad ones.
|Notice Spadeboy's wager...
$2,000. Since the maximum bet is just $1,000, you can
figure out he doubled here... on a hard 14!
|And again, another
outlandish double, this time on a hard 15...
|...and on 16. I asked him
about it and he says he loves to double. He was doing
this constantly. Unbelievable.
Obviously, one should never double on any hard total of 12 or more. I think this is one of the fastest ways to go broke there is.
|When the dealer has a bad
card up, let him do the breaking, not you! 16 vs. a 6 is
|Never hit a hard 17, ever,
no matter what the dealer has.
Aces! Split them!
split. You have the start of a good hand! Don't break
|A pair of 5's are so good
Basic Strategy calls for you to double
this hand, with any upcard other than an Ace.
|This player should have
doubled and would have had 20 and probably would have won
$2,000. Now if he was lucky
he only broke
|Here all four players
played incorrectly. With the dealer's upcard of a 6...
I was so quick to capture this screen I grabbed it before the dealer finished drawing to his hand! So, what did the dealer end up with? I have no idea! Does it really matter? If you make continuously make the wrong play, you will lose in the long run.
|As you can see, Bajan64 doubled here
with 12 points against a 9! You never double with 12, let
alone when the dealer has a good upcard!
And once again, with a soft 14, why stand? You can't make this hand any worse by taking a hit. 14 points is no better than, say, 2 points. Soft hands cannot bust by taking a hit.
Even if you yourself don't wish to take a chance by hitting hands that could exceed 21 (a losing strategy in itself anyway) at least take one more card here and give yourself a chance of pulling a 7.
You may be wondering how anyone can have -$611,000. I watched Bajan64 play for quite awhile. Not only was he splitting every pair of tens he had, and taking insurance at every opportunity, but he was continuously making plays like this one. Shoot, why don't you just give the dealer all your money by hitting every hand until you bust? It's just about the same thing.