Three Ways To Improve Your Blackjack Game

Every casino features a Blackjack game. As with any other gamble, blackjack requires a blend of luck and skill to win. That being said, it is still important to understand the rules of the game so as to improve your odds of winning. Detailed below are three strategies many casino enthusiasts advise:

Don’t split two 10s: This hand’s total is a value of 20 which is excellent. Blackjack is a mathematical game; the goal being to achieve 21 (or the closest to it). If you have a hand of 20 on the first two cards dealt, there is only one way the dealer can beat you and that is with a 21 (a very high improbability).

Always split two 8s: Whatever card value the dealer has (even if it is an ace), blackjack professionals recommended always splitting two 8s. When you add two eights together, you get 16, which is considered the worst hand in blackjack. Splitting the eights will give you a better chance of getting one winning hand; that is, one that has better probabilities to 21.

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Know when to double down: There are many situations where a double down is suggested. Such examples would be if you get a count of 11 and the dealer has a 10 or an ace. This works in a backwards manner, so if you get a 10 and the dealer has a 9 or less, or if you get a 9 and the dealer has a card between 2 and 8, it is good to double down. There are many other tricks involved here but what you read above is the general rule of thumb.

Blackjack is one of the simplest yet surprisingly challenging casino games out there. Everyone should try their hand at this at least once.

Retired casino enthusiast, Tracy Luttrell here, saying that gaming is something that can be done at any age. Learn more about me by following this blog


Will gambling save Brazil’s economy?

The Copacabana Palace, a famous tourist spot in Rio de Janeiro, once had a casino that brought in $100 million per year—and this was way back in 1946. It was the last year casinos were legal, but other gambling outlets like horse raising and lotteries are still legal until this day. Brazil makes a total of $17 billion in gambling, according to The Financial Times. Casino-style gambling practices have been banned in the country for about 70 years. And if the Brazilian government approves the opening of these casinos from foreign operators, it would be considered as a significant event in the gaming history.


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The lower house and senate in Brazil are considering the legalization of gambling. Michel Temer, Brazil’s new president, has even supported the idea. Brazil’s minister of tourism, Henrique Alves, has projected that gambling could give the country up to 20 billion reais, or $6.1 billion in tax revenue annually.

Brazil is currently weathering tough financial times, and it is totally understandable why they want gambling to fill its global investments. While the idea was presented for the good of many, a lot of Brazilians think that this might be a sinkhole for corruption.

Will gambling save Brazil’s economy? I think, under the right leadership, it can bring financial gain to the country. If it’s for the common good, why not?


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Living Like The “Golden Girls”

It is possible to live life as if you are in a sitcom. As for me, Maybelle, and two other friends, we have realized that living in one house as if we’re the Golden Girls definitely made things more convenient. Now that most of us in the house are in our 70’s, it’s good to know that we still have people we can connect with.

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The housemate situation is not as tough because we’re no longer “trying to adult” as my nieces and nephews would say. We’re so past that phase now that we’re in retirement. Even if the four of us at home are reaping the benefits of working for so many years, we realized that even with the occasional backaches and maintenance meds, we are able to take care of ourselves. However, if there’s an emergency, we are always there for each other.

At times when there could have been tension, we would discuss it calmly especially when it comes to forgotten chores or unpaid bills. Even if we’re old enough to be responsible, some things just slip our minds. Then again, that’s why we have each other. Every once in a while we act as counselors, fitness trainers, assistants, and nurses for our housemates.

Knowing that the people you share a home with are forgiving and kind makes all the difference. We’re no Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia, but I could say that our home life is good enough.

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Tracy Luttrell here. I am a septuagenarian who enjoys keeping her mind and body active. If you see me, I’m usually with my cousin and best friend Maybelle. Find out more about me on this page.

Home Sweet Home: The Kentucky Bucket List

I’ve recently learned about having a bucket list, or that list you have of things you want to do before you die. Now that I am in my fab, golden years, I realized that as a Kentuckian, I haven’t had a lot of adventures in my beautiful state.

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Here’s what’s in my Kentucky bucket list. I hope to accomplish all of these before 2016 ends. And maybe, you should try it too!

Visit the Harland Sander’s Café
When people hear Kentucky, they think of fried chicken. I’m a big fan of The Colonel’s original recipe chicken (with 11 secret herbs and spices…yum!), but it’s a shame how I haven’t been to this café.

Check out the Toyota plant in Georgetown
The Toyota Georgetown plant was the birthplace of the Camry, which helped boost the Kentucky economy. I’m not really a fan of cars, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around. I’m sure it’s going to be interesting.

Watch a University of Kentucky men’s basketball game
I’m also not a fan of basketball, but I think it will be a refreshing experience watching these young bloods do their game in the court.

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Explore the Kentucky Derby Center
Believe it or not, I haven’t been here. I heard they have walking tours of the Churchill Downs.

They say home is where the heart is, and mine is in Kentucky! I’m Tracy Luttrell, a golden girl and proud Kentuckian. Follow me on Twitter.

Life Lessons from my 20s: A Reflection from a Woman in her 70s

Life in my twenties was a period of rapid transitions. My adventures as a young woman have brought me back into the wild where comfort and risk merge in a place where learning and growing come together.

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The following are some of the most valuable life lessons from my 20s:

Your life philosophy may be flawed. Just when you thought you already know everything about the world, there’s a likelihood you might be wrong. As you go on, your views about relationships, politics, and career will be redefined by your experiences in the real world.

Life never gets much easier. Everything will require a lot of work and effort. There will always be failures and setbacks, but you will have no choice but to keep going.

If you want to be successful, you must keep learning. The things you have learned in school are just a fraction of what will be needed when you are building your career. Stay humble and learn new things that will help you in your career.

Pursue your passion Your job means nothing if you are not enjoying what you do. While you are young, do something you are passionate about and do something you love.

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Remember, your twenties are not by default the only time in your life that you can pick up and go. No matter your age is, life goes on, and you will continually learn new lessons in every chapter of your life as an individual.

Hello there! My name is Tracy Luttrell, a Kentuckian retiree who knows how to live life to the fullest. Follow me on Twitter for a peek of my adventures.

‘Run’ the world: The Four Most Exciting Marathons in the Planet

Marathons are fun; they have always been. They’re exhausting, certainly. But when you run with delightful obstacles and other unique features of the race, the fatigue easily translates to enjoyment. Below are some of the most unusual fun runs in the world that might just get you interested in joining one:

Marathon du Medoc (Pauillac, France)
In this marathon, runners explore the charming French countryside on a loop course through vineyards with thousands of drinking buddies (dressed in hilarious costumes). A quirky race, it features acrobats, all-you-can-eat oysters, cheese, and ice cream!

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Antarctic Ice Marathon (Union Glacier, Antarctica)
In the Polar regions, marathons are almost non-existent. But at the Union Glacier, running is actually a serious event. The Antarctic Ice Marathon features men and women running in the the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent in the planet. The extreme adventure over the solid yet serene ice course capitalizes on camaraderie as its core value.

Maratona di Roma (Rome, Italy)
Ever wanted to roam around one of the most historic cities in the world for “free” and with plenty of buddies? Maratona di Roma will make travel books about Rome a little useless as this race will involve almost all major attractions of the city in the course. The tour includes stretches along the Tiber River, through charming piazzas, over cobblestone streets, and famous sights like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pyramid of Cestius.

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I am Tracy Luttrell, a marathon enthusiast, fitness buff, and adventure seeker. I am also fond of biopics, with “The Spirit of St. Louis” as my all-time favorite. Let’s talk more on Twitter.

On Bankroll Management: Why You Should Know How Wagers Behave

Proper bankroll management is a necessary but often overlooked skill in gambling. Players sometimes get too excited about placing bets on promising games that they forget to control their money. More often than not, they do not have sufficient knowledge of wager behavior.


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In general, there are two factors that matter most in bankroll management: the house edge and the volatility of the game. In various games, particularly high-level blackjack or poker, payout rates can soar to as high as 99 percent and the house edge (casino profit based on the percentage of the player’s original bet) can therefore be relatively low. The aforesaid games also have low volatility, which is the range between the high and low payouts on the game.

Lower house advantage allows for a more aggressive play as it demands higher profits once the game makes a winning. Volatility acts almost in the same fashion. Low volatility games have smaller differences between the higher and lower wins, allowing for frequent winning. In contrast, high volatility games often have one or two large payouts, but players often have slimmer chances of bagging the jackpot.

For both blackjack and video poker, the “300x rule” must be applied. This rule has it that players must only bet a total of 300 times regardless of the size of their bankroll. For example, if a player has a $600 bankroll, then he must not play with more than $2 per hand. In blackjack, bets can either be doubled or split (to increase the number of bets and lower the risk), and so the 400x base rule may be used instead (same principle, different amount).

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Hello, high rollers! I’m Tracy Luttrell, your granny who is fond of poker, blackjack, and slots. Let’s talk more on Twitter (yes, I do have one!).