Blackjack is one of the oldest and most popular casino games in existence. Whether you are at the best casino in Las Vegas, one of the top Atlantic City casinos, playing in Monte Carlo, or from the comfort of your own home at an online Blackjack casino, you can improve your chances of winning at Blackjack by follow the tips below.
Tip 1: Always stand on a number value of 17 or more. Why? Any number over 4 will result in a bust – a deck of 52 cards has thirty-six cards with a face value over four.
Tip 2: Always hit on a number value of eleven or less. Since no card (except the Ace) has a value over ten, you can’t bust when you hit on an eleven.
Tip 3: Always assume that the dealer has a ten. If you find yourself with a number between eleven and seventeen assume that the dealer’s hidden card is a ten and then compare the assumed value of his hand to yours. If the dealer is showing a ten, face card, or an Ace, then play more aggressively – go ahead and hit on a 16!
Tip 4: Be smart about double-downs. Double downs give you the chance to increase your winnings. But you can also lose twice as much. With only one hit allowed, it’s got to be a good one. This would be a good time to use your analytical skills in guessing the dealer’s hand. Even if you’ve got tens or elevens, if he’s showing a ten or a face card, he’s got a good chance at achieving a Blackjack.
Tip 5: Split low pairs – 2’s, 3’s, – only when the dealer is showing a weak hand (showing a four or a six).
Tip 6: Don’t split 4’s or 5’s. 8 and 10 are better hands than starting out with a four or a five.
Tip 7: Always split 8, 9, 10 or Ace. These cards have a high chance of getting Blackjack or beating the house. Correct splitting will lower the house edge considerably.
Tip 8: Pay attention to the cards. Counting cards is a successful way to increase your odds of winning, but it is extremely difficult – especially when the house uses multiple decks. At the same time, by paying attention to all the cards on the table you can get a better idea of which cards might still be open for play.
Tip 9: Pay attention to your own hand. This may sound really simple, but even experienced players get distracted and make stupid bets or stupid calls. Don’t automatically make a bet without totaling the value of your cards.
Tip 10: Pay attention to casino rules. Whether you are on line or at a land-locked casino, all Blackjack is not alike. Check for things like time limits, minimum and maximum bet limits, payouts for specific card combinations, etc.
Bonus tip: Blackjack is a game of patterns. Think you see one? Try out your theory, it just might payoff.