Table game strategies for every situation

If you play online table games, chances are you employ some sort of betting strategy. But for the most part, it’s just you at the tables. When you play live, that isn’t always the case. There are tons of factors to consider before you drop your chips on the felt, and circumstances beyond your control could affect the outcome of each deal. For those strange scenarios that you didn’t see coming, you need a smart betting strategy. Here are the three big ones you should know about – and advice on how to deal with them.

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You’re playing at an empty table

For many players, this is a dream scenario. An oasis in a crowded casino, an empty table with a smiling dealer means that the speed of your game is entirely up to you.

The best thing you can do in this particular case is spend a few minutes strategizing between hands. Think hard about your next hit or stand at the Blackjack table for example. Or speed up the game and play as fast as you want. You can employ pretty much any strategy you like at the tables with no other players to concern yourself with, also the dealer won’t be rushing you to make choices. This is almost like having your own casino table to use as you please.

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You’re losing every hand, but others are winning

Playing Baccarat and finding that everyone but you is winning? Sit out a hand and jump back in the next one. You might just need to catch a better wave at the tables and let someone else be the victim. Of course, jumping from a losing wave to a winning one isn’t guaranteed, but it’s a strategy I use a lot to my advantage. And it often works.

If you’d rather not jump out of a single hand and jump back in, consider piggybacking on someone else’s bet for the duration of the game. Just ask the person who seems to be winning if you can piggyback. You’ll hand them chips and they’ll need to place the bet for you. Technically, when they touch the money, the chips are theirs, but common courtesy says the win is yours.

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You’re sitting next to someone who has no idea what they’re doing

If the first scenario I covered is your dream scenario, this one has to be your nightmare. It happens all the time when I play Blackjack. I sit down next to someone at the table who thinks that hitting on 15 against a 6 is a great idea. Or the guy who splits tens even though the book tells you not to. When someone plays against the book with no regard for the game, it could seriously mess up the way you play, especially if they’re not consistent.

For scenarios like that, talk to the guy and let him know that there are certain ways to play the game. If he doesn’t want to hear it, you need a smarter strategy. Try playing more than one to counteract his insanity. Or just sit out until he loses his bankroll for making stupid decisions.

Of course, this strategy doesn’t really work that well if you happen to be the player making stupid decisions. If that’s the case, jump over to CoolCat Casino and learn how to play. Remember, your free account gets you access to free games, so have fun without risking a dime.

Erik Blackwell

Erik Blackwell is a 'bon vivant' with a problematic addiction to comics and fondue. Went to MIT but finally left to pursue acting. He currently lives in sunny California with an American Stafford-shire Terrier and an American Bulldog that somehow managed to get along. He's dabbled in acting but doesn't like the spotlight. Loves to play casino online.