Blackjack is one of the most popular card games in the casino these days. Poker requires understanding all the different hands and their values and generally is a much more involved game. On the other hand, blackjack is very easy to learn and play.
The goal in blackjack is to get the value of your cards as close as possible to 21. If you get a card that puts you over 21, you bust, and that means you’ve lost that game.
You’ll start the game by getting two cards. After you see your cards, you decide whether to hit (get another card), or stand (stay with just the cards you have). You’ll choose to stand if you’re close enough to 21 that you believe you’ll bust if you get another card. On the other hand, if the sum of your cards is low, you may choose to hit in order to get closer to 21 without going over.
Once everyone has chosen to stand or has busted, the player who is closest to 21 in the winner.
This may seem like it is highly luck-based, and there is, of course, a lot of luck involved, but there are also strategies that can help players shift the odds in their favor. These tips can help people win more often when the strategies are used correctly.
Here are some basic blackjack strategies that can help you win more often if you apply them accurately.
When to Stand and When to Hit
If the dealer has 6 or less, the dealer is likely to take a card, and because there are four times as many 10s as any other number, it’s best to assume that the dealer’s down card is a 10. Players then can assume that the dealer is banking on a hand that will bust, and other players will tend to keep a lower number.
Again, an important rule of thumb here is always to assume that the dealer’s down card is a 10.
When to Split
When you get two cards with the same value, you can split them into two individual hands and get a new card dealt with each of them. Knowing when to split is important: