Blackjack Strategy - How To Win At Blackjack
Blackjack is one of the most popular online casino games. It's easy to play and enjoyed by casino goers around the world. However, the players who do well at Blackjack know the basic strategy of the game. It's also important to know the house rules for the game you're playing as this can affect your's or the house's chances of winning a given hand. Rather than re-invent the wheel below we highlight some useful resources that are available to help you learn how to play blackjack effectively.
Stanford have developed a basic strategy guide for the most common blackjack rules. Although the guide isn't 100% right all the time and is not guaranteed to win you piles of cash but the suggested strategy has been proved on average to give the player best chance of winning. The strategy works in single deck and multiple deck games too. Of course the specific house rules will also have an influence on your percentage chance of winning a hand. The image below shows a snippet of the guide. The above guide are suggested moves for selected deals. For example if you are dealt a hand of 17 and the dealer's upcard is 5 then the advice is to stand. However if you've been dealt 8 them the advice is to Hit. Note that the above is only for hard totals. If you want suggestions for pair splitting, late surrender and soft totals then head over to Blackjack Apprenticeship where you can download a free blackjack strategy guide.
To develop your blackjack strategy skills why not print off the guide and then use it playing at the Blackjack Trainer. This is a free online game that allows you to select the exact rules that you want. As you play the Strategy Coach warns you if you are making any mistakes. Alternatively you could try using demo play on selected games. The best option for this is Jackpotjoy or Virgin Games. Note that you can't play live casino blackjack in demo play though.
You can watch the above video tutorial from CasinosDoc! The video is quite useful and covers a lot of basic information. There are further videos available too including explaining how to count cards to your advantage. Remember an average player makes silly mistakes - a good player knows the strategy and whilst may not always win - does know they have an advantage.
Our Top Five Blackjack Tips
1. Aim For 17: The dealer will draw until they have a hand of 17 or more and then they will tend to stand. Aim to get at least 17 as this will give you an advantage as the dealer plays under different rules to you. Remember you are allowed to see one of the dealer's cards. Don't ignore this as an up card of 2 to 6 is more likely to bust than a 7,8,9,10 or ace. Use this to your advantage.
2. Don't Take Risks! Never hit a hard 17 or higher or a soft 19 or higher. You may not always win, but there's little chance of improving the hand at this stage.
3. Split The 8s! If you have a pair of 8s then you'll want to split them. 16 is not the best hand and by splitting your cards you'll have a chance of making at least one good hand.
4. Split The Aces! A pair of aces can count as two or twelve. If you split them they automatically become 2 elevens, giving you a good chance of picking up a 10 to make Blackjack.
5. Ignore Insurance! Some casinos will offer you insurance. Don't take it as this increases the house advantage.