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Are you feeling lucky? Ready to take your chance on increasing your fortune? Thanks to Empire City Casino, the chance for big fun and big wins are just minutes away. Conveniently located in Yonkers, no excursion to Atlantic City (or spending your winnings on gas) is required. And, if you’re betting on a good time, there’s no losing when it comes to entertainment. Empire City’s one-of-a-kind experience includes 5,300 slot machines, table games, legendary harness racing, headlining live music, and delicious palate-pleasing dining options. Make your next trip to Empire City Casino even more fun by increasing your chances of winning big with these five strategic Blackjack tips. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play the game. Game on!

Tip #1: Research basic blackjack strategy: There are many books and articles written on basic strategy available to the consumer on when to hit, stand, double down, and split.  Memorizing the right decisions to make on your hand and following this strategy can increase your chances of becoming a winner and decrease the house’s edge by at least a couple percentages.  Books and strategy guides will provide scenarios, such as the two below to help optimize your monetary return.

• Stand when your hand is 12-16 when the dealer has 2-6. 
• Hit when your hand is 12-16 when the dealer has 7-Ace

Tip #2:  Check the table limits/rules/payouts:  Before you get comfortable at the table, make sure you are at the appropriate table for your bankroll.  If you only have $50 allocated for blackjack, you may want to find a game with a minimum of $5.00 per hand so you can play for a longer period of time. Conversely, if you sit down with $50 and the table minimum is $25 you may only get to play two hands! There are also certain rules and payouts that will differ from table to table that you may want to consider. 

Tip #3: Check the dealer’s up card (the card the dealer shows): Before you make any decisions on your own hand, you should check the dealer’s card that is showing. Is it a bad card (2 through 6) or a good card (7 through Ace)? When using basic strategy, the dealer’s up card will determine how you play the rest of your hand and determine how passive or aggressive your decisions need to be for optimizing your winning potential.

Tip #4: Don’t let other gamblers affect your decision:  Sometimes other gamblers at the table with you may claim to be experts and attempt to sway your decisions. Always remember, you’re wagering with your money and the decisions you make will affect the outcome of your money at the end of the session. Be confident with your strategy and stick to it. 

Tip #5: Be Responsible:  As with any form of gambling you should set a limit on how much you’re comfortable losing and stick to it. Many times gamblers chase what they’ve already lost, causing them to dig a deeper hole for themselves. If you can afford to lose $200 and it starts to happen quickly because of a losing streak, take a break, have a bite to eat, and move on to a different table!

Empire City Casino, one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the country, features 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo; year-round harness racing and International simulcasting; live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, karaoke, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; trackside dining with live betting at Empire Terrace Restaurant; pub-style fare at Dan Rooney’s Café and Bar; and convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Grab ‘n Go. 

Empire City Casino
810 Yonkers Ave
(914) 968-4200