Blackjack is a game that attracts players who want to make easy money, and it is becoming more and more popular as it expands its online presence. There are people who think that it is a complicated and hard to learn game, but there is nothing further from the truth. Here are a few easy steps you can follow to help you on your way to big profits.
Blackjack is a game that anyone can win. All you have to do is get cards that equal 21, or close to it, without going bust. Here is how the cards are ranked: Face cards (your jacks, queens and kings) are worth ten points, and aces can be used as either a one or eleven. The other cards in the deck are scored at face value. In blackjack, you do not have to worry about beating the other players; all you have to worry about is beating the dealer. That makes blackjack a long-term winning proposition.
To win, you will need a basic blackjack strategy. It is a mathematically sound method that tells you how to play the cards you have been dealt against the cards remaining in the deck. Following a strategy over a period of time can help you reduce the house advantage from almost six percent, down to a measly one-half of one percent. Blackjack strategy is not confusing or hard to learn at all. It is actually easy to pick up on, and once you are good at it, you can take it to the next level by learning the art of card counting.
There is a variety of card counting methods, and they are all based on simple strategy. Any one of them can help tip the scales in your favor. Card counting is exactly what it sounds like – counting the cards that have already been dealt out, and knowing what cards are left in the deck, and which ones are most likely to be dealt next. Those who employ a sound blackjack strategy and count cards can beat the casino, because lower cards give the dealer an edge and higher cards help the player. Low cards are advantageous to the dealer because they help them build a winner from a “stiff” hand (a 12-16). When playing blackjack in a casino, you can stand on a stiff hand if you would like, but the dealer does not have that option. He or she is forced to hit and they stand a pretty good chance of going bust.
Many people think that it takes a lot of time and skill to make money and be successful, but it does not really. All it takes is a little patience, a little luck, and some strategy. Basic strategy, as we said, is reasonably easy to get the hang of and you can even get a pocket-sized chart that will give you your best options. Keep it with you and refer to it as necessary. In addition, card counting is easy to learn (simple card-counting systems can be learned in about five minutes). Practicing strategy and card counting can help you become a successful blackjack player, and you will make money and have fun doing it. See you at the blackjack tables!
By Jack Boulin
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