When it comes to online blackjack, players are often categorised according to three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. On a beginner level, players learn how to play the game of blackjack, while intermediate players generally aim to play a more complex game that involves evaluating dealer cards and implementing basic blackjack strategy. Advanced players put both game play knowledge and strategy into use while learning all of the rules of the different blackjack variants and the exceptions to these so that they can play a near perfect game.
Oftentimes though, during the ascent through the levels, players pick up some pretty bad game play habits that will need to be unlearnt if they desire to move from intermediate to the advanced level. Here we'll discuss the three main mistakes that intermediate blackjack players often make so that you can avoid them in your own gameplay.
A major mistake that intermediate players should avoid is assuming that all weak dealer cards are the same and treating them as such. In reality, the weakest dealer cards, starting from the weakest are 6, 5, 4, 3 and then 2. It is essential that one keeps in mind that two's and sevens are only slightly different from each other in terms of the dealer ultimately busting, as such, you'll often need to play very differently when facing a two value card than you would with the rest of the weak dealer cards.
For example, if you hold a hard 12 total you should hit if the dealer has a two and stand with a 3-6, even though you would stand with 2-6 if you were holding a value of 13 instead.
Surrendering too often is another big mistake that players make in the game of blackjack, often figuring that it's better to lose only half of their wager than all of it when they feel their hand isn't good enough to win.
The fact of the matter however is that when playing according to sound basic strategy, there are only two or three situations where you should ever surrender in most blackjack variants, and these situations generally only occur once or twice in an average session. It is important to stick to sound basic strategy and consider the game you are playing before opting to surrender as doing so too often will give away more value than not doing so. Forgetting to surrender is a way smaller mistake than doing so when you shouldn't.
The third mistake players make is not adjusting to the specific rules of the particular blackjack game variant that they choose to play and this means that they make mistakes that they shouldn't. So if you're playing a game that is not your usual variant, ensure that you familiarise yourself with the rules of the game and adjust your strategy accordingly as even small changes in the rules can mean huge changes in game play and strategy which will ultimately affect your bankroll if you overlook them.