Blackjack, also known as “21”, is a very popular card game that most people had probably learned by the time they reached age 10, Jack, Queen King or soft Ace. There really isn’t much you can do to intimidate other players, though, because you aren’t playing against them, you are only playing against the dealer. You can’t use strategy or mind games on the dealer either; he has to play according to certain rules: Stick at 17 or more and hit on 16 or less. You have virtually no leeway here to work with.
What it comes down to is a combination of patience and how well you know and implement your strategies. If you have a set of strategies that you like and implement them every time, yet still lose consistently, it may be time to change to a different strategy and see if it does a better job for you. Different schemes work differently for each person; find one that works for you.
After you have a strategy that seems to be effective, you need to exercise patience. Winning in blackjack has as much to do with luck and getting good cards as it does with making the right choices in given situations.
First of all, counting cards in blackjack is legal. Courts have ruled that it is not illegal for someone to use their math and statistical skills to help them play the game. Period.
That being said, casinos often reserve the right to refuse service and even ban players from their establishments for any reason whatsoever. This is totally within their rights and there’s nothing you can do about it. Then again, if they take you out back and break both your legs, you can take them to court and you might – cough – have a leg to stand on, but you probably won’t be going back regardless of your court victory.
Also it’s important to note that counting cards in a single deck shuffle can be very helpful, but most casinos will often use four to eight decks, greatly reducing the benefits. The benefits are still there, mind you.