Is Blackjack a game of skill, or is it a game of chance, just like any of the other games in the casino? 

The answer is YES to both questions! Blackjack is a game of skill AND a game of chance! 

Remember, Blackjack is a casino game in which chance is not the only factor that determines the outcome of the game. Most games in the casino are subject to the Law of Independent Trials.  This is a statistical term which states that any event is just as likely to occur in a game of chance every time the game is played. Every time the dice are thrown, every time the roulette wheel is spun, every time the slot machine handle is pulled, --the odds in effect for that particular game DO NOT change! It might seem hard to believe, —but it IS TRUE!

 It might be easier to understand if you imagine that you've just pulled a slot machine handle 500 times without hitting the big jackpot. You leave the machine to get some lunch. A woman comes along, drops a quarter into the slot, and pulls the handle.

 —Is she more likely to hit the big jackpot? Is this slot machine more likely to pay off after 501 pulls of the handle than it was after your 500th pull of the handle? 

The answer is that she has exactly the same odds of hitting the big jackpot on her pull as you had on any of your 500 pulls! The odds in effect for the slot machine DO NOT CHANGE after each spin! 

This phenomenon does not occur in Blackjack. Blackjack is NOT subject to the Law of Independent Trials! As the cards are dealt, the odds of winning at Blackjack fluctuate. You will learn a card tracking method that will alert you as to when these odds favor the player! This method becomes more accurate as the dealer gets closer to the shuffle point. You will also learn how to ENTER and EXIT the game at certain times to take FULL advantage of this fact! 

You must use your skill to gain this information. You will also be using your skill to make playing and wagering decisions. Your wagering decisions will be based on this card tracking information. Blackjack is a casino game in which your SKILL can greatly affect your chance of winning!


*Is Blackjack a Game of Skill or a Game of Chance? is reproduced from THE S.E.X. BLACKJACK SYSTEM224 pages, (ISBN 0-9616765-1-7). Copyright © by Alan Mandel. All Rights Reserved.