blackjack isn't all that hard, though many people spend years
fine tuning their game. BlackJack.md advisor can speed up
the process a little though, by offering blackjack rules,
strategy, and a free game all in one place.
things first though. The goal of the game of blackjack isn't
always clearly defined for beginners, which is a bit disappointing
considering it's not such a hard game. The goal of blackjack
should always be stated as: beat the dealer. One of the rules
of the game is that your card total cannot go over 21. Sadly
though a lot of people confuse this rule of the game for the
goal, and end up trying to get a hand as close to 21 as they
can, thinking of beating the dealer only being a side effort.
This way of thinking about the game is pretty detrimental.
Blackjack rules are the guides used to play, but don't hint
at your true goal. You can beat the dealer with a hand total
of 3, if the dealer busts. So why worry about the elusive
21, when anything at all will do, so long as it beats the
the casino blackjack, the rules say you got to place a bet
on the table before you get any cards. The dealer will give
everyone including themselves one card, all face up, then
they will give each player a second card face up, and themselves
a second card face down. This face down card is known as the
dealer's hole card. Some casinos deal blackjack all face down,
in which case you have to touch the cards to see what you
have. When you're playing this style, be sure to only touch
your cards with one hand. While playing with friends however,
you may want to take this opportunity to sharpen your slight-of-hand
skills, up to you.
your first two cards are dealt to you, you have to make a
decision on the hand. Fortunately you already know the dealer's
up-card, so you have something to go on.
To get Blackjack and be paid back extra for it, you must hit
21 with your first two cards. An Ace and a 10 point card (10,
Jack, Queen, or King) on the first two cards only, is considered
a natural blackjack and is usually paid back at three to two.
However, if the dealer also gets a natural blackjack, it is
a push (a ties where nobody wins on or loses on their bet).
if you've hit a natural blackjack you don't have to worry
about making any decisions based on your first two cards.
If you're not so lucky though, let's have a look at what blackjack's
rules offer as other options.
The main decision made on your cards is between hitting and
standing. To hit means to have the dealer give you another
card. To hit you should stay the word hit clearly to the dealer,
while signaling with your hand, usually by scratching or tapping
the felt with your finger. To stand means that you want to
stay with the cards you currently have. When you choose to
stand, tell the dealer out loud, while waving an open hand,
palm down, over your cards.
are a few more decisions that you have the option of making,
given certain circumstances on your first cards.
To double down means that you want to double your bet on your
initial two cards and draw only one more card to improve your
hand. You want to do this if you have a good chance of beating
the dealer without going over 21, with just one more card.
In other words, double down on a 9, 10, or 11, or even less
if the dealer is showing busting cards.
If the first two cards you're dealt are a pair (two fives,
two jacks, two tens, etc.), you may split them into two separate
hands. To do so you need to add a new bet of same amount on
your newly formed hand. After you split, you play each new
hand separately. Aces receive only one additional card and
after the split. Getting blackjack after a split does not
count as a natural blackjack, and does not pay any extra.
The general rule of thumb is, always split aces and 8's, be
careful splitting anything else.
If the dealer's up-card is an ace, the player may take insurance.
This means you can bet one-half your original bet, but not
more, that the dealer has blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack
then the player wins 2 to 1, basically nullifying the bet
you put down originally for the hand. If the dealer does not
end up having blackjack, then the dealer will win the insurance
bet. General rule of thumb is, never take insurance. It is
never statistically in your favor.
When permitted, a player may give up the first two cards he
draws and lose 1/2 of his original bet, rather than face losing
the whole bet. There are rare cases where losing half your
bet is as good as you could statistically do with the hand
you've got. General rule of thumb is, always look at your
strategy card, and don't surrender if you're trying to impress
your date, it may come off as less than manly. That goes both
ways though; don't ever try to impress the casino by not surrendering
when it's smart to. Trust BlackJack.md advisor, the casino
will remain unimpressed.
work a bit different than odds for other games. The odds of
each and every game of blackjack are different, and different
for each person playing. Blackjack odds your up against depend
on the rules of the specific game your playing, and your skill
what does this mean to you? It means that your blackjack odds
can be better than those of the fellow next to you, which
should put a smile on your face. It also means you can lower
the odds of the game you're at by following the basic strategy
defined for it (usually presented in the form of a chart).
If you're fellin lucky, punk, you can lower the edge even
more by trying a card counting strategy. But you shouldn't
attempt this unless the casino isn't very stringent about
card counters, and most are. New casinos with inexperienced
dealers are a good bet, but it's usually awfully difficult
to keep from looking like a card counter when you are one.
A player playing recklessly
(that is, one who pays little attention to basic strategy)
can expect to face blackjack odds that aren't very appealing.
The house edge in this situation is usually hovering between
3 and 5%. The first and most important thing you need to do
to bring the odds into check, is grab yourself a basic strategy
chart for game your playing. This chart has the optimal decision
for every two-card hand you'll receive, verses every dealer
up-card you could be up against. The these charts do the work
of figuring out how to start each hand, and let you 'play
perfectly', nudging the blackjack odds your up against, down
a peg. A good peg in fact; playing with perfect basic strategy
can decrease the house edge to about 0.5%.
that determine the proper basic strategy include:
number of decks used in the shoe
Whether the dealer hits on a soft 17
Whether doubling is allowed, and on what cards
Whether doubling is allowed after a split
Whether or not surrender is offered
Whether early or late surrender is offered
classic Vegas strip 6 deck game hits on a soft 17, can double
on any 2 and after a split, offers later surrender, and if
played with perfect strategy, can dip the house edge to about
Atlantic City blackjack odds are different, because they don't
generally offer surrender. With all other variables equal,
playing perfect strategy in this game would give the house
an edge of about 0.44%.