Blackjack is a game of many elements. Most of these elements are mathematical in nature. They involve counting cards, evaluating percentages, and making decisions on the basis of probability theory. There is another aspect of the game, however, that is strictly mental. This aspect involves your attitude.
Developing the mentality of a winning blackjack player isn’t hard to do, but like everything else in the Counting Edge system it requires practice. You must constantly work on staying in a positive frame of mind. There are a few exercises which can help you.
One of the best things you can do to develop a winning blackjack attitude is to practice some creative visualization. When you visualize your winning blackjack sessions you are sending a message to your subconscious mind that says, “I am a winner!”
Did you know that many professional athletes visualize their performance before they take the field? Golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will spend time playing the course in their mind before they begin an actual round. They will visualize making the right shot on each hole, going mentally through the same swing process as they do on the course.
Blackjack isn’t much different. You can visualize the session before you arrive at the casino. See yourself making the correct bets and the correct decisions on each hand. Do this with emotion and feeling. When you arrive at the casino you will be filled will confidence.
Another thing you can do is to spend a few moments at the end of the day reflecting on the session you played. Learn to perform an honest assessment of your play. What were the good things you did? Did you keep the count and make the proper decisions? Also ask yourself what things you could have done better. Learning to practice self-honesty is a major part of improving as a professional gambler. Remember, no one but you is going to be there to point out the flaws in your game.
Dress for Success
One of the best things you can do to impress upon yourself the mentality of a winner is to dress nicely. A professional blackjack player doesn’t have to wear a suit and tie to work every day, but cleaning yourself up and carrying yourself with a dignified air is always a good thing. Think James Bond here. That’s the calm, self-assured manner you want to develop as a professional blackjack player.
Treat your blackjack business like any other job. Clean up before you head out to the casino. If you showed up on a regular job dressed like a slob you would be fired. Hold yourself to the same standard as a blackjack player.
Another benefit of dressing well is that you will garner more respect from the casino staff and dealers. No dealer wants to be stuck at a table with someone who smells like they haven’t had a shower in three days. Your fellow players will also appreciate this.
Only one Person can Beat you
When you have the right attitude for a professional blackjack player you realize an important fact: if you do things the right way and stick to the Counting Edge system, there is only one person who can beat you. That person is you.
The way players defeat themselves in blackjack is by not maintaining the proper attitude. It can be hard to do sometimes, especially when you are on a losing streak. Somehow you must find the dedication and enthusiasm to return to casino each day with renewed excitement. You have to be able to shake off your losses and realize that each day is a new beginning.
You should devote as much time to keeping a winning attitude as you should to any other elements of successful blackjack.