The Basics of Blackjack


Blackjack is a skill- and knowledge-driven game where combining skill with knowledge can make all the difference between winning and losing. Although luck plays an integral part, skilled players have developed strategies for this game that maximize winning while minimising losses; but no strategy can guarantee victory every time! Keep in mind that any gambling game entails some degree of risk, so no strategy will guarantee victory every time!

Blackjack rules vary slightly between casinos, yet all tables feature minimum and maximum betting limits. Most tables use two decks of cards with the dealer receiving two cards from each deck–one face up and one face down–in order to begin the game. Once each player has converted money into chips for betting on the table, the dealer will deal the cards two for each player plus himself (with an Ace always being dealt to himself as his primary hand), along with any splits, double downs or surrenders of hands they choose between standing or hitting their hand against what are known as ‘ticking out’s). Players have options such as either standing or hitting their hand against dealer dealt cards, along with splits double downs, double downs and surrender of hands.

Splitting pairs of cards in blackjack is straightforward. Any pair of twos or threes that share equal values can be split, while 8s and 10s should not be split unless they do not increase your chance of busting; split aces should never be done as they are among the most valuable cards available; only hit when sure that any future card won’t cause bustage while willing to run the risk of giving your dealer an edge in cards.

When faced with a strong hand, it is usually wise to stand on any hard 17 or higher. Doing so reduces the chances of busting while increasing dealer chances for having Blackjack (if they do not already have an Ace up). If in doubt about which decision is right, reviewing an online blackjack basic strategy chart may provide useful guidance as to when and if to stand.

Print out a blackjack strategy chart and keep it close by while making decisions, so that you can quickly check that you have implemented correct strategy and enhance your game.

Deliberately studying the fundamentals of blackjack is essential to your success in this popular casino game. While it can be tempting to get caught up in the excitement, learning its rules and strategies is paramount for long-term success in blackjack. By following the advice in this article, your odds of success should increase with each hand played – best wishes!