Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack is a game where skill and strategy play a bigger role than luck in determining whether or not you win. Also, blackjack is one casino games where the player has a better chance of winning, which means the house edge is the lowest in this game. Understanding the rules of the game, while knowing when to continue playing and when to stop is one of the key skills of successful blackjack players. Some people, with very sharp minds, may indulge in what is called card counting, which enables them to predict exactly what the next card is, based on which they decide whether or not to play. However, this is illegal and not a recommended practice.

Strategy Charts

The good news for blackjack players is that there are set blackjack strategy charts which you can use to understand the game and also decide when you should hit and when not to. The basic strategy of blackjack is to look at your hand and the dealer's up card to decide whether you should stand or not. You can refer to the strategy charts that are available online.

Understand that the basic strategy differs based on the environment and the playing conditions like the number of decks in use - blackjack can be played with a single deck or multiple decks, ranging from 4 to 8. Blackjack strategy charts are available for different decks - single, double, four and eight. Now there is no need for you to memorize these charts, but you must understand them and as you play, you will be able to decide when to stand, hit or surrender without having to look at these charts. Then, you should play the game for real money.

When Dealer's Up Card is 7 or lower

In blackjack, both the dealer and the player are dealt 2 cards, one face up and the other face down. The aim of the game is to create the highest total between 18 and 21 without exceeding 21. So when you see that the dealer's up card is 7 or less, then the chance of the dealer going bust (above 21) is higher. So if the dealer's up card is 2 or 3, then you stand on 13 and if the up card is 4, 5 or 6, then you stand on 12. If the dealer's up card is 7 or more, you must stand on 17.

Always Split Aces and 8s

One of the tricky totals is a pair of 8s, which makes a soft 16. You don’t want to hit on that, but you cannot even stand on that, so split two 8s and go for a hit. That way, you have a better chance of getting a 17 or more. Likewise, when you get two aces, the only obvious choice would be to split and hit or go bust. But remember that when you split the aces, you only get one card each for the aces. Also, if the card you get is a "10", it is not considered as blackjack and only pays you 1 to 1, as opposed to the natural blackjack of 1.5 to 1.

Practice

You will be able to make the most of the blackjack strategy charts only by practice. You cannot get them by heart as the tables or charts have been developed by mathematical formulae of probability and differ for different number of decks. So unless you have a photographic memory, where in you can remember the tables exactly as they are, the best way to work on your blackjack strategies is to practice the game and get better at it slowly.

History

There is no consensus on where blackjack originated, but most agree that it may have been first played at French casinos in the early 18th century, and inspired by French card games of the time French Ferme and Chemin de Fer. A different theory states that blackjack may have been invented by the Romans using wooden blocks engraved with different numerical values. 

The French colonists brought the game to America, and of the various versions of the game, '21' became the most popular. In 1931 when gambling was legalized in Nevada, some casinos offered a special bet for blackjack players : a hand with either the Jack of Spades or Clubs, and the Ace of Spades would pay 10-to-1 odds on the lucky player's bet. After decades of evolution, online betting on blackjack is now entertaining punters from the comfort of their homes.

Double down

In this blackjack strategy, you double your bet on the first two cards, and get one more card in exchange. For instance, if your first two cards are 8 and 3, you have a total of 11. If you hit – as you should – your likelihood of hitting 21 than any other total is higher; you also have a higher chance of hitting a total greater than 17. By doubling your bets, your rewards will also double. There's one caveat; if the card is a 5 or 6, you cannot hit again. 

Creative visualization

Winning at online blackjack for real money is also about mental perseverance. Professional blackjack players practice visualization to prepare for their games. They visualize making the right bets and right moves on each hand. With creative visualization, you feel more confident arriving into an exciting game with live dealers. 

After your online blackjack sessions, take some time out to reflect on your performance. Think back  on the good and bad moves. Evaluate why you reacted in a certain way, and what you can do to improve your performance.

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