Blackjack

Blackjack Strategies

Being one of the most popular casino games, Blackjack is played by millions of people both in land based and online casinos.  The most attractive thing about this game is that a player is required to take instant decision for each hand dealt.  This is only possible if you are a skilful player otherwise your decisions can have negative impact on the outcome of the game.  So it will be not wrong if we perceive that blackjack requires more skill and strategies as compared to other forms of card games including poker.

In blackjack nobody else except for the player, including the dealer, can take decisions which can sway the game to one side.  It is the player who can make decisions that can be either positive or negative for his or her game.  All the advanced and sensible players opt to follow the blackjack strategy which is also known as “Basic Strategy”.  There are many other strategies and theories related for getting advantage in the game of blackjack, but in reality most of these cannot provide real edge except for the one which requires card counting.  Some of the strategies which can be used by a player to increase chances of hitting more wins involve the following.

Learning Blackjack Basic Strategy

The first step for being a successful blackjack player starts with learning how to play the game itself.   Most of the players are overconfident of their skills and believe that there is nothing more to learn from the basic strategy.  Even the experienced players sometimes scoff at the idea of learning about such strategy.  Basically the basic strategy is nothing but a set of rules which helps the player to play an optimal hand.  So learning about this stuff can help you to maximize the size of your wins while minimizing the losses.

Splitting the Aces

Majority of the professional blackjack players prefer to split their aces.  After the split, the player will get only one more card, even then it makes more sense as 11 is a very strong number to start with.  In same way you can also split 8-8.  While implementing this strategy, one must keep in mind the fact that the number of decks used in the game also guides the splitting strategy.  The other thing is the playing rules of the casino.  If a casino is liberal with double after split you can opt for splitting more hands as compared to a situation where casino rules states no double after split.

Avoiding the Insurance

Buying insurance for life and property is a good decision but in case of blackjack it should be avoided.  The reason behind this strategy is the fact that losing your initial stake in the game is more worthwhile for a long run rather than protecting it by betting more money by buying insurance.  The Blackjack insurance is not insurance but a side bet which does not decrease or increase the chances of hitting a win.  When a player takes the insurance he is betting on the assumption that dealer got a ten or a picture card.

Opting for Surrender

Even though the word ‘surrender’ gives out negative connotation but in the game of blackjack it can be quite positive for a player.  In other words properly using the surrender option can be a smart bet in cases where hitting or standing can result in a loss.  After considering the two card hand and the dealer’s card you can opt for this option to ensure that you only lose half the amount of your initial wager rather than parting with the whole amount.

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