Blackjack for Beginners

There are a few skill levels to play blackjack. You can play your hunches, split those jacks, double your 14, if you feel you gona get a seven, but… we really don’t recommend this!

Well, if you get lucky, you can win lots of money in short time, and that’s fun, but most likely you’ll lose your money promptly, and gain no respect at the table. If you do get lucky and get that seven after doubling down the 14, no one will say “Good game!”, but only lower their heads and mumble “Lucky idiot!” (or even worse…). A lot of blackjack player think that stupid player is the reason for them lose at a table, and they might get hostile when you play wildly.

Still, if you like playing your hunches, I think you better do it at the craps table. No one cares there how dumb you play your bets, and crap players are much more fun than blackjack players.

You can start by playing the basic strategy. It’s quite simple, for each situation there is the optimal move. By playing correctly the basic strategy you can minimize the casino’s advantage to 1%, which makes the blackjack one of the best games in the Jackpot City casino (from a statistical point of view).

If you go often to the casino, several times a month playing 3-4 hours of blackjack, then you better dedicate a few hours to learn the correct basic strategy. But even if you just visit occasionally the casino, or play with your friends – learning the basic strategy, or even just understanding how does it work, is still worth the time.

Well, if you are really serious in your blackjack game, and want to gain an edge on the casino, you better learn to count cards. The main advantage of counting cards is for the long run, you actually can make money. But, there are some disadvantages. First, in the short run, you might lose money, even more than by playing the basic strategy. Second, casinos don’t like card counters, and when caught you might find yourself out of your favorite casinos. And finally, learning to count well enough to win the casino, takes lots of practice and you’d have to play hours’ blackjack before you’ll be able to count well and fast to do it in a casino (without anyone noticing you). So what should a beginner or an occasional player do? Risk your money (and dignity) and play like a greenhorn, or spend hours learning by hurt thousands of numbers and statistic options? For the beginners among you, it’s better to learn the basic strategy, which challenges your intelligence and at the same time as your hunches.

In this article we’ll summarize the basic strategy, so all those beginners who want to start playing like the pros, can learn easily the main idea.

The Basics of the Basic Blackjack Strategy

Rule 1: If your total is 11 or less (counting an ace as one), take a card.

Exceptions: Stand with ace-7=18/8, ace-8=19/9, ace-9=20/10; and of course ace-10, which is blackjack (or 11).

Rule 2: Anything 18 or over is a good hand. Keep it.

The rest of the Hit/Stand plays depend on the dealer’s up card. We’ll put the dealer’s up card into two classes: 2-6 – A weak hand, 7-A – A strong hand

Rule 3: Against the dealer’s weak hand - Don’t hit anything 12 or over. Don’t chance busting when the dealer has a weak hand. Give the dealer the chance to bust.

Rule 4: Against the dealer’s strong hand - Hit until you have 17 or better.

The dealer has a strong hand; I have to take some chances.

Rule 5: Always double down with 11.

I have 30% of getting BJ

Rule 6: Double down with 10, unless the dealer has 10 or an ace. I have a better hand than the dealer.

Rule 7: Double down with nine against dealer’s weak hands (two through six).

Rule 8: Always split aces and eights. Don’t split any other pair. A pair of ace of eights is a bad hand, but splitting them gives you a chance of getting a great hand!

Rule 9: Don’t take insurance or even money on blackjacks.

It’s a sucker play.

Well, that it.

Good luck to all of you beginners.