Blackjack - Le jeu doit rester un jeu

Blackjack - Le jeu doit rester un jeu
After several consecutive losses,
a player is “due” to win.
In blackjack, as in roulette and
at slot machines, the outcome of
the previous game has no influence
on that of the next, as cards have
no memory. A player is never “due”
to win.
Inexperienced or bad players can
influence the outcome of the game.
Having a bad player at one’s table
may be annoying or irritating, but,
from a mathematical standpoint,
that person has no true long-term
influence on how the game unfolds
or its outcome.
>Before each gambling
session, set reasonable limits
on the amount of money and
time to spend, and be sure
not to exceed them.
> If your gambling habits are
having negative consequences
for you or your loved ones,
be wise and take a break.
The sequence in which cards are
dealt is “sacred.”
If you choose to play, be sure
that gambling is only one of
several entertainment options.
Having games of chance as your
only form of entertainment can
result in losing control over your
gambling habits.
Other tools that promote low-risk
gambling habits are available.
Tips, information
and resources
March 2017
Some players believe that the
sequence in which cards are dealt
must not be broken. In their opinion,
the arrival of a new player or
departure of another before the
end of a deal destroys their odds of
winning. A change in sequence has
an equal chance of having a positive
effect on players as a negative one.
power of attraction
Blackjack, also called “21,” was
introduced in Europe in the early
1700s. Like other games of chance,
some of its characteristics can be
Being able to make decisions may give
players the impression of having control
over the game and that they cannot lose.
Players who lose rarely doubt their
decisions, “game strategy” or “system.”
Players have a number of options
to play their hand
They can hit (receive another card),
stand (keep their hand “as is”), double
down (increase the wager and receive
another card) or split a pair (split two
cards of identical value to create a
second hand).
Players may attempt to predict
the game
Knowing which cards were dealt and
“card counting” do not enable players
to predict the next cards or guarantee
a win. Having that information does not
contribute to improving players’ skills
and, as cards are shuffled manually or
mechanically in a random manner, it is
impossible to predict which ones will
be dealt next and to which player.
Chance remains the key factor.
You can hope to win, but
you must expect to lose!
Blackjack is a single-player game in
which each player goes up against the
house, not the other players. Even if other
players at the table have a higher point
total in their hand, the individual will still
win with a hand that is higher than that
of the house (without exceeding 21)
or if the house goes over 21. The dealer
represents the house and plays
according to pre-established rules that
give the house a mathematical
advantage over players. In addition to
benefiting from players’ errors, the house
keeps wagers placed by players whose
hand goes over 21 points, even in cases
where the dealer’s own hand goes over
21. In blackjack, house advantage usually
varies between approximately 0.44%
and 0.66%, depending on the rules being
applied. Players’ decisions may also
increase those rates.
Anyone who is concerned by his own gambling habits or those of a loved one may
contact Gambling: Help and Referral at 1-800-461-0140 or go to
Many people like to play blackjack
online. Unlike live blackjack, the online
version is played with cards
electronically shuffled and dealt
randomly at each hand. It is therefore
impossible to collect information on
the cards that were previously dealt.
Online blackjack also has
characteristics that may lead
players to lose control:
As in every other online game,
it is easy for players to go beyond
their limits in terms of time and
money, unless automated limits
are programmed into the system.
It’s easy to lose track of how
much money is at risk, as the wagers
are often displayed in numbers
(or credits).
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