When Should You Play Bet Behind?
While it’s not my favourite bet in the world, I believe there are situations where you should “Bet Behind”.
Of course, I strongly advise against blindly betting behind a player you know nothing about, as they may have no idea how to play the game and end up costing you a lot of money.
Below, I will talk about a few situations where you should consider betting behind other players.
When The Tables Are Full
I’ve encountered this problem a few times, where I walk into a land-based casino, and all of the Blackjack tables I wanted to play are full.
This is especially common on weekends when there are a lot of people heading to the casino.
In this scenario, the Bet Behind option is a good option. It allows me to bet on the hands of the other people at the table without needing to wait for a seat to free up.
However, as I mentioned earlier, when gambling in a land-based casino, it’s generally considered good etiquette to seek permission from the player before betting behind them.
Playing online, however, is fine – as the player probably won’t even know others are playing behind them.
Of course, you can wait for a table to become available. But, ultimately, it comes down to personal choice.
Before placing a “Bet Behind” bet in Blackjack, I must remind myself that someone else will make decisions for me. So I’ll almost always watch them play a few hands before deciding to “Bet Behind” them.
When There’s An Experienced Player
If a clearly-experienced Blackjack player is sitting at the table, I’d also advocate for betting behind them.
For example, assume you’re a complete novice and need more experience playing Blackjack. You need to understand the basic strategy or how it works – and maybe you’ve just played on hunches in the past.
There’s nothing wrong with playing behind an experienced player who’s likely to make the correct decisions each hand.
Another reason I like this method of betting behind is that it allows you to play without dealing with the stress of having to make decisions.
But this should go without saying; please, don’t blame the leading player if they make a mistake or end up costing you money.
It’s your choice to place the “Bet Behind” wager.
When You’re With Friends
Provided you’re not colluding in an unethical way, casinos have no problem with two partners – friends, couples – whatever – putting their minds together.
However, if you’re thinking about working together to count cards, you will run into problems. Blackjack dealers are well-trained to spot this behaviour, so I wouldn’t bother trying.
However, if it’s just you and a friend who want to make decisions together – and share the same risk – then it can be fun to play together like this.
You can either pool your money together and play behind another player or have one of you place the main bet with the other’s money behind.
I’d be careful that you pre-agree on rules; you don’t want to disagree about which decision to make once the cards are on the table!