The similarities between blackjack and baccarat makes it profitable to learn one game thoroughly, before moving to the other. Assuming you are a baccarat specialist, willing to make the transition to blackjack, it is worth taking into account a couple of recommendations that are routinely used by conservative players. These strategic concepts need to be incorporated into the game, so that you can tone down your aggression, in order to mitigate the risks of losing when competing against multiple players.
Beginners sometimes make the mistake of assuming that the main reason for losing money blackjack is that the dealer makes a better hand. This is just a misconception, because what really happens is that players go a step too far and by hitting when they really shouldn’t, they go bust. That’s why the first thing to do when embracing a conservative approach is to mitigate the risk of crossing the 21 line. Unless you have a weak hand, below 16 while the dealer has a strong one, usually higher than seven, you need to think twice about firing another bullet.
By contrast, if your hard hand is 13 or 14 and the dealer has a weak card ranging from 2 to 6, it is better to stand and wait for your opponent to act. The odds of him busting are higher than making a hand better than yours, so you have more to gain by doing nothing aggressive. In tournament blackjack, you need to adjust your actions based on how much chips you have left and how deep is the stack of your opponents, so this rule is not written in stone.
The idea is to avoid those situations in which you push your luck and hit with less than 50% chances of beating his hand. Some of these rules can be applied to baccarat, but not all of them, yet by constantly relying on a prudent strategy, you can improve both games. This doesn’t mean that you need to go to extremes and miss out on those rare opportunities when you have a clear advantage over the dealer. Don’t hesitate to double down if you have a hard 11 and split a pair of eights when the dealer has 16 because on the long run these hands are the ones that keep you profitable.