How to Win at Black Jack
Blackjack, or 21, is the most widely played casino banking game in the world. It’s easy to learn and if you pay attention to the cards you have the opportunity to employ subtle technique to achieve high pay outs. To understand how to win and Blackjack, a player must first familiarize themselves with the rules of the game as well as the different types of plays at their disposal. Properly implementing plays based on your cards is the ultimate path to victory.
To gain the upper hand in Blackjack, it is important to remember that the dealer must have a hand of 17 or higher to stand. If your hand is lower than 17, you should hit. In the eventuality of a tie between a player and the dealer, the dealer always wins. This is the basic yet crucial first strategy a new player must recognize.
Learning when to hit or stand comes with understanding the odds of the deck. You must determine your tactic based on what the dealer’s turned card is. Here are a few scenarios that are common and you should become acquainted with.
Dealer’s card is an Ace
This is the worst case scenario for the player, because there is a high chance that the dealer will achieve a blackjack. Cards that have a value of 10 (10’s, Jacks, Queens and Kings) are much more likely to appear as they there are 16 per deck, which is four times greater than any other card. This also means that if the dealer is unable to make a blackjack with their hand, they will be able to use their ace as a 1 and possibly gain a high hand or win through a Black Jack Charlie (5 or more cards without busting). The tactic in this situation is to continue to hit until you have a hand of 17 or higher.
Dealer’s card is 10/J/Q/K
This is still a very tough spot for the player. There is still a high chance that the dealer has a 20. In order to compete you must have an equally powerful hand. Hit if your hand is 10 or less. If after your next card you are at 12 to 16, you hit. Anything more than 17 and you should stand.
Dealer’s card is 7 – 9
In situations such as this, it is all but impossible for the dealer to make Blackjack; however, it is likely that the dealer will make 17+without busting. If you have an ace you have the opportunity to cash in on a Blackjack yourself, but you also run the risk of busting. Regardless in this example you must run the risk of busting and aim high. Hit on anything lower than 9, if you next card puts you between 12 and 16 hit again, and stand at 17+.
If the dealer’s turned card is 4 or lower and you have 9 or greater, it’s a good opportunity to double down. A double down will allow you to receive double the bet but you only receive only one hit. The dealer has a low probability of beating you in a double down if you have a strong hand. Not all tables have the same rules, makes sure you are playing at a table that plays by the traditional rules of Double Down.
It is possible to count the cards to insure your outcomes are desirable. However it is frowned upon in the casino environment. In Vegas, it is common that people caught counting cards are ejected from the casino. If you intend on counting cards make sure you do it discretely. Anybody can become a competent Black Jack player. As with all skills practice makes perfect, and Blackjack is no exception. The more you play the better you will become at intuitively reading the cards without consciously counting them.