In blackjack, the only thing players need to keep in mind is how to win against the dealer. If you are new to the game, it is best to start with some basic strategy. The most important thing to consider is the money when it comes to hitting, standing, splitting and doubling.
Strategy in blackjack is basic common sense and some knowledge of probability. If a player’s hand is between 5-16, he should go ahead and get his hand; if it is 17-21, he should stand. However, the game gets a little more complex when you take into account splits and doubles. Splitting is a good option if you have two same cards, but you also have to consider the dealer’s hand. Depending on the dealer’s board, the dealer’s second card can be divided into two categories: cards that could bust the dealer or make the dealer win.
If the dealer shows a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, the dealer may go bust. 5 and 6 are the most likely to cause the dealer to go bust. Players don’t have to risk a lot to get close to blackjack as long as they don’t blow their positions.
If the dealer shows a 7 or higher, there is a high probability that the dealer will have a good hand (18, 19, 20 or 21). When the player’s hand is less than 18, the dealer may be aggressive and risk blowing another card to get a good hand.
Four simple rules to determine when to play a draw stand
- Once the player’s hand is less than or equal to 11 then bidding is definitely the right thing to do. Because by playing another card, the player will not go broke, but will only gain.
- When the player’s hand is greater than or equal to 17 and the dealer’s hand is less than or equal to 7, then standing is definitely the right thing to do. There is a high risk of busting by continuing to play the card.
- The player’s hand goes from 12 to 16, and the dealer’s board shows a possible bust, so the player is definitely correct to stand at this point. If the dealer busts, the player still wins.
- Exception. The dealer shows a 2 or 3 and yours is a 12, continue to play your hand. If your hand is 12 to 16 and the dealer shows a board of 7 or more, you may continue to bid. If the player does not continue to bid, the dealer’s hand is likely to be better than yours. While it is possible to blow the hand, you have no choice in this situation.
While the basic strategy of blackjack can get very complicated, these four rules are still at the heart of most strategies today.
5 Best Tips for Winning Blackjack
- Learn basic strategies and stick to them. Players should always assume that the card they can’t see is a 10, which is statistically highly likely. If you’re not sure what to play, you can use basic strategy charts – cards that tell you the best way to play any given hand. This chart will tell you the best times to hit the ball, stand, double down and split. This will never guarantee you will win, but it will greatly improve your odds. You can find these charts online, and you can buy pocket cards that most casinos allow you to use while playing. You can also download some fun apps to play and practice on your phone.
- Always double your bet when your first two cards add up to 11, and always fold Aces and 8s… Remember, you bet 10.
- Never split a 10-value card or a pair of 5s. Two 5s should play like 10s. Two 5s might lead to two 15s, and with two 5s as a 10 you have a good chance of getting a 10, and a 20 when you get hit.
- If you are on a winning streak (3 or more hands in a row), it is recommended that you raise your stake slightly to maximize your profits during the streak. When you start losing, lower your stake again. Most people make the mistake of playing too long before cashing out. If you want to walk away with money, choose a goal or set amount to spend, and when you double the amount or hit your goal, cash out your chips and leave. Resist the urge to keep playing because if you do, your luck will change.
- Sign up for any bonus programs offered by the casino. Casinos award points based on how long you play and how much you bet. They’re not based on how much you’ve won, so if you don’t sign up for a bonus, you’re effectively leaving money on the table.