Blackjack Strategy, Tips and Odds

The key to winning at blackjack is to know your odds. A little luck also helps. Essentially not busting and beating the dealer is all it takes.

So how do you find the proper measure, let’s say the dealer is showing cards 2-6. The dealers under card has a high probability of being a 10, giving them anywhere from 12-16. These are great totals for you as a player as they are bust totals. Meaning the dealer will hit on any of these numbers.

A situation as above, also provides the player with a chance to double their bet, ideally the player should be holding a total of 8,9,10 or 11.  Doubling down is explained further in another article.  (scroll down below to see the list of articles)

Odds, blackjack like all other casino games has odds, the house or casino always holds the edge. How else do you think cities like Las Vegas, Atlantic City etc. boomed and have all the fancy hotels and lights.

Blackjack odds are the best for the player of all casino games. Poker players may disagree here. The fact is when playing blackjack the player has the ability to change their style, and wager to fit the environment of the game.  The best way to do this is to play with strategy, and a clear mind.  A good memory and math skills also helps a ton.

The main goal is to decrease that edge that the casino dealer holds. This can be manipulated by using the strategy matrix provided in another article using this as a guideline increases your odds by 2-5%. Basic strategy is derived from probability and mathematical calculations so there is always a chance that you can go on bad runs.

A couple of golden rules never bet more than you can afford and decrease your bets when you are on a losing streak increase when winning.

Some essential tips,

ªALWAYS split aces and eights

ª Never split cards that start with “f”

ªIf Surrendering is available (generally not) do so on hands of 15-16 against dealers 10 or ace.

ªDouble- 9 if dealer has 3-6'10 if dealer doesn’t show 10 or ace- and 11 if the dealer does not show and ace

ªInsurance is for suckers, don’t so it. In the long run the edge goes to the casino.  Unless you are well versed in card counting or your playing single or double deck casino avoid insurance at all costs.

ª17 is a stand total when the dealer shows 7 or less

ª Stand on a hard 13-16 when dealer shows a 6 or less

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