The most pragmatic approach in blackjack is to learn when to ask for cards and when to stop. It is important to base decisions on your hand, but also that of the dealer. Be aware that there are several tables online that will give you this information. You only have to do a Google search to find them. If you are using a board, be aware that it will still be useful to learn the actions by heart. These tables are completely legal at the tables, don’t worry!

**Progressive play strategies**

Progressive betting strategies can be used on betting tables, roulette, craps, and blackjack tables. Progressive systems tend to require a higher player account balance since the profits are calculated over the long term. Also, note that progressive strategies do not reduce the advantage of the casino, but still give the possibility of making big wins. Below we show you 3 popular progressive strategies.

**Martingale**

This system prompts you to double every hand you lose. If you decide to use the Martingale strategy, start with a low bet, and then gradually increase the value of your bets as you lose hands. Make sure you have enough money in your casino account if you wish to use it. In fact, the martingale strategy suggests having an account balance that covers at least eight progressive hands. This means that if you start your game with a $ 1 bet, your progressive bet will be the following $ 1, $ 2, $ 4, $ 8, $ 16, $ 32, $ 64, $ 128. You will notice that the last bet is $ 128, but that does not mean that you will need to have an account balance of $ 128. In fact, you will need to have $ 255 to apply the strategy since the value of all bets must also be covered.

**Labouchere**

The Labouchere system is similar to the progressive system, but the bet values do not increase as quickly.

First, think of a series of numbers that will represent the units to bet. One unit is defined by the minimum bet value of the table. Most players create a small sequence of 5 numbers. Keep in mind that for this strategy to work, you need to play all the numbers.

Once you have 5 numbers (ex: 34212), add the first and the last number together to get the number of units to bet. In this case, it would be 5 units. If you lose your bet, add the number of units used at the end of the chosen digit sequence (therefore: 342125). Use the same system as before to get the value of your next bet. This means adding the first and last digit of the series. In this case, you will have to bet 8 units. When you win, eliminate the numbers used from the series. For example, if the last hand has been won, eliminate the first and the last digit (therefore: 3 and 5).

**Paroli**

The opposite of Martingale’s strategy is that of Paroli. The Paroli system is also a progressive system, but this one recommends players to only double the hands won.

A winning betting sequence according to the Paroli system goes as follows: $ 2, $ 4, $ 8, $ 16.

If, on the other hand, you lose a hand, the sequence would be as follows: $ 2, $ 4, $ 8, $ 16, LOSS, $ 2, $ 4.

The Paroli betting system is very popular because it allows players to win big while offering a good safety net. Also, be aware that this system requires less money on the casino account since most big bets will be made with money earned from the casino.