10 important tips for playing blackjack

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Created: 25 February 2018
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Blackjack is one of the top table games you can find at a casino floor, virtual or real. It is arguably the most popular card game there is. Each person who develops an interest for blackjack quickly becomes immersed in the game, wanting to learn all the nuances and subtleties of the powerful game of 21. Despite being a game of chance like other casino games, one’s success in blackjack partially depends on one’s dedication and strategy skills. Thanks to the powers of internet, you can learn about all the relevant tips and tricks, to later apply them in your blackjack game.

1. Know how the game works

If you want to experience the easiest way to lose money at blackjack then feel free to start playing without having a clear picture about how the game works, what the rules are, and so on. It’s not enough to know that your aim should be to get your cards to sum up to 21. European Blackjack is much more than that; there are multiple bet options, table limits, side bets etc. The first step you should make upon entering the world of blackjack is study the rules.

2. Adopt a basic strategy

Each of the blackjack variants comes with some sort of a basic strategy, a set of advices on how you should act in certain situations. These strategies were developed by blackjack enthusiasts and experts in order to make it easier for everyone to master the game of 21. Basic strategies don’t guarantee a win, but they can surely improve your outcome in the long run.

3. Remind yourself what the point of the game is

Don’t get ahead of yourself and claim that the main goal of blackjack is to reach 21. This is a misconception. The point is to beat the dealer with your combination of cards. It’s better to always focus on beating his hand than on assembling a natural winning hand. With a sole aim of beating the dealer, every blackjack player has the right approach and the best chances of winning.

4. Make sure you have access to strategy charts

Let’ say you’ve studied the strategy charts and you think you know them. That’s probably true, but you can eliminate the possibility of a moment when your brain hits a firewall and you just can’t think of smart move. The player should always be able to make a quick decision, and if you find yourself to be a hesitant player, keep the charts close for reference. Whether you print them out and keep them on your desk, or you access them online for free, you should be able to eliminate those unpleasant moments of helplessness and effectively decrease the house edge to a minimum

5. Hit when…

Here are a few quick tips on when you should hit, having in mind the general experience of players from all around: If the dealer's face-up card is 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace and your hand totals 8 or 12 through 16, you should hit. If the dealer's face-up card is Ace and your hand totals 11, it’s better to hit then to double, also when the dealer's face-up card is 10, and your hand totals 10. Another case is when the dealer's face up card is 7, 8 or 9, and your hand totals 9.

6. Stand when…

If you want an easy way to determine when to stand, follow these advices: stand when your hand totals 17 or above, no matter what. Also stand if dealer's face-up card is 6 or lower, and your hand totals 13 or higher. If you are dealt with a pair of face cards or Aces that you can split, stand instead.

7. Split when…

If you’re going to remember the rules when to split, remember these: if the dealer’s face-up card is in the range from 4 to 7 you can split 2s and 3s. When it comes to 5s, the general rule recommends not splitting them if the dealer’s hand shows a 10 or an Ace. In this case, it is better to either double down or hit. When the dealer’s card is 6 or lower, you can split 6s and 7s. Always split 8s. If the ‘split Aces’ option is allowed, make use of it always.

8. Double when……

When the player's hand equals 9, 10 or 11, it is a common practice to double because the player then has a good chance of getting close to 21 with a 10 or a face card. Unless the dealer has a 10 or an Ace, always double a hand total of 10. Do the same with a total of 11, except when the dealer has an Ace. If you are uncertain whether to double a 9, it’s best to do it when the dealer has 3, 4, 5 or 6 showing.

9. Choose the right blackjack variation

The classic version of blackjack is quite loved among the players. However, there are so many variations available nowadays, and each of them differs slightly in rules, optional side bets, table limits and the existence of a progressive jackpot prize. Whenever you are trying out a new version, focus on learning the rules for that specific version. After trying out several possibilities, you can decide which one work for your best.

10. Set your budget beforehand

The tip ‘set your budget and stick with it’ applies not only to blackjack, but to every form of gambling.  It is essential that players show a bit of discipline when it comes to setting money apart for wagers. That way you’ll always feel comfortable, knowing that you can afford to lose some bets in order to hit the big win. Also, try to choose the table limits that correspond to your bankroll. A good blackjack player is financially stable and ready to make bold wagering decisions. For that, he or she must have a previously set budget with clearly determined limits.

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