21 Tips on How to play Blackjack

How to Play Blackjack – 21 Tips for Winning Hands & Taking Chips

Blackjack, also known as 21's, is one of the most popular card games in the world. A subtle mix of skill and luck, Blackjack is a great game whether you're easing into a weekend in Las Vegas or in the middle of a hot streak one Saturday afternoon. If you've ever wanted to up your game and take your Blackjack skills to the next level, here are 21 tips on winning hands and taking chips.

Remember that Blackjack is a game of immense luck. Whether you use a single deck at home or your dealer uses 8 decks at the same time, your luck is a paramount factor in deciding whether or not you come out on top. However, before luck can become a deciding factor you need to know the basics inside out. So without further ado, here are the basics of how to play Blackjack.

Blackjack skills to the next level, here are 21 tips on winning hands and taking chips.

 

Remember that Blackjack is a game of immense luck. Whether you use a single deck at home or your dealer uses 8 decks at the same time, your luck is a paramount factor in deciding whether or not you come out on top. However, before luck can become a deciding factor you need to know the basics inside out. So without further ado, here are the basics of how to play Blackjack.

 

The basics

 

While the exact origins of Blackjack are unknown, the game is known to date back to the early 17th century at the very latest. For any game to survive this long it must be simple enough that anyone can play it, deep enough that you can become very skilled at it, and varied enough that no matter how skilled you are, luck is always a factor. All of these things are true of Blackjack, along with any other famous games which are still standing the test of time.

The basics of Blackjack are incredibly simple – anyone can play it, though in order to play for money you will obviously need to meet the legal age requirements. As with any game, Blackjack gets more complicated the deeper you go – this is something you will become more than familiar with as you learn the rules and strategies. The aim of the game is to get the total value of the cards in your hand as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you get a total of 21 in your hand you have a ‘blackjack', whereas getting 22 or more is known as ‘bust'. If you go bust you lose and if you get a blackjack you probably win. If you can get a blackjack in 2 cards – a Face and an Ace ­– then you will almost always win.

Any given round of Blackjack works like this – everyone is dealt a pair of cards, including the dealer. You can see both of your cards and one of the dealer's, which is turned face up for all to see. Moving clockwise around the table you then have to make one of five choices – hit, stand (also called stick or stay), split, double down or surrender. Each has their benefits and the best option will always vary based on your situation. If you need any help in learning whether you should stick or hit, play a few rounds with your friends and refer back to our strategy chart – this will help give you the experience you need in order to win serious money at a Vegas casino. If you want to know whether you should Split or double down, read on to learn about some of the more complicated rules.

 

Should I split or not split?

 

If Blackjack were as simple as that, there would be no depth to the game. In order to add variation and excitement to the extremely basic concept of counting to 21, the option to split was introduced. If you draw two cards of the same value you can split them into two separate bets. There are times where splitting your hand can be highly beneficial – always split two 8's if you want to win; 16 is the worst possible hand to stick on, as the dealer can only win or go bust, and those odds simply aren't in your favour. On the other hand, you should never split two 5's as it's pretty easy to hit a soft 21 from here. You shouldn't really split two 10's either – sure you have two opportunities to hit a natural blackjack, but ask yourself this – is it better to be 1 away from 21 or is it better to risk getting a 16, an 18 or bust? Stand firm, and may the odds be ever in your favour.

 

When should I double down?

 

The double down is a risky move to be sure. Once you've received your two cards you have the option to double down, doubling your initial wager. The risk here comes in the fact that you commit to standing after only one more card. This can very quickly go in one of two ways – if you double down on a pair of 2's and draw a 10, you're sticking on 14 where it is almost imporrible to win. On the other hand, if you double down on hand of 11 and draw a 10, you have a good shot at winning a lot of money. The huge risk/reward in doubling down may be too much for some people, in which case, trust your instincts. However if you want to risk it, feel free to risk a double down when you have:

  • A hand of 11 and the dealer has anything but a face or an Ace
  • A hand of 10 and the dealer has anything but a face, an Ace or a 10

A hand of 9 and the dealer has anything lower than 7

 

Deal

 

There is a lot of risk with telling the dealer that you want another card. With evey hit you risk going bust, just as you risk hitting that doft 21. In order to minimise that risk (and in turn your losses), there are several things you can do, and we will look at some of these in turn. At this point the dealer has dealt all of the cards but nobody has checked theirs yet – everyone's cards are face down exept for the dealer who has 1 face up card. If that card is an Ace you have the option to take out insurance. This insurance is simply a side bet that the dealer has a blackjack, and usually pays 2:1. If you want to maximise your odds of turning a profit, you should only really take out insurance if you have a blackjack yourself.

Regardless of your dealer's hand at this point, you can check your cards and see whether or not you want to keep playing. If you're not satisfied with your hand you can Surrender, losing half of your original wager. Alternatively you can let the dealer check their face down ‘Hole' card to see if they have a blackjack. If they do, you immediately lose your full wager – if they don't you can still Surrender, and take back half of the money you put in. If you're happy to keep going, simply tell the dealer to hit and you can start counting up to 21.

 

Play

Once you've mastered the basics the last piece of advice we can give is that practice makes perfect. This is true of any game, whether you're practicing your poker face in the mirror, trying to perfect your Stonewall Attack in chess, that old adage will get you to where you need to be. Only after playing through the different scenarios and seeing the events unfold for yourself will you be fully equipped to win big when you hit the casino.

If you have any questions about how to getting the most out of the hand you've been dealt, make sure you refer back to our handy Strategy Chart or ask a member of our team at one of our high street betting shops today.

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