Blackjack is one of the most popular games played in casinos. It’s also the one that many people play at home for fun. The object of the game is very simple. Get your cards to add up to “21” or get the closest to it without going over and you win the hand. However, that’s not always easy to do. It seems to be a game of pure luck because it depends on how the cards fall.
Luck does play a major role in this game but there are a few tips that can help you learn how to win at blackjack. Learn and practice these tips for better odds the next time you visit the casinos. The basic rules are simple but you can benefit by knowing everything there is to know about blackjack before you play for money.
Learn How to Apply the Basic Strategy
You need a strategy when playing blackjack. When you look at the game from a statistical view, there is one action that all players can perform based on the “up card” of the dealer that is perfect for each hand. This is called the basic strategy. Once you understand the basic strategy of the game, you can use it to apply more strategies that can help you win more often.
Here’s how it works. If the dealer’s card is the number 6 or below, stop taking cards after the ones in your hand adds up to 12 or more. When the dealer’s card is a 7 or higher, you can continue taking cards until your hand adds up to 17 or more. This strategy will increase the odds of you getting the closest to “21” without going over.
General Rules to Follow
Before you sit down at a blackjack table, make sure you’re mentally prepared for the challenge because you need to focus on the game. It’s never a good idea to play blackjack when you’ve been drinking. Learn to manage your money wisely. In general, it’s suggested that you only bet 1 percent of your bankroll on blackjack tables. In all casinos, the house determines how much you can win if you get on a winning streak. Check this out before you start playing and look for a house with favorable rules to gain a little extra edge.
Learn How to Estimate the True Count of the Cards
Counting cards is something that is very misunderstood. If you use some type of electronic device to count the cards, this is illegal in all casinos. However, if you simply use your mental ability to apply a counting strategy that will help you have a true count of the cards, this is legal and it can help you win at blackjack. There are some casinos that will ask you to leave if they suspect you are counting cards so this is why gamblers try not to show that this is what they’re doing. Some casinos don’t have a problem with it as long as you don’t have any outside help.
There are different systems available that will help you learn the true count of the cards. One of the simplest ones is to start with zero and subtract a number for every card dealt with a face value of seven or higher. This will help you keep track of how many high cards are left in the deck so you can adjust your bet to match. You can research the different options and find a system that works for you personally.
Before you head out to the casino to play a few hands, practice these tips with friends or go online and play for fun until you learn to apply them to your game.