The reason why blackjack tables are so full at casinos is because it is one of the easiest casino games to learn and perhaps to master. In order to win you need a hand that equals twenty one or have a higher amount than the dealer. If you go over 21, you lose and so the dealer will win in this case. Furthermore, each numbered card has the value represented on it. The first thing you should know is that the face cards are valued at ten. An Ace however has two values depending on what you need it to be, eleven or one. And that’s it! This is blackjack in a nutshell. It’s a good idea to play a few games for fun before playing for cash. Follow the given example of a typical game to get to grips with some of the game’s intricacies.
When you join a blackjack table, all players will get 2 face up cards from the dealer. The dealer gives himself one face up card and one face down card. Look at your hand and decide what the next best step is to get you as close to 21 as possible while not going bust. If you are certain your next card will keep you under 21, then ask the dealer for another card. This is known as ‘hit’. To ‘stand’ means you have decided to not receive another card from the dealer and he moves on to the next player if he'll simply reveal his next card if you’re playing a solo round. Most new players will probably stand when their hand values are around 17 or higher and you do not know whether you can beat the dealer. The dealer shows his face down card, once all players make their decisions whether they want to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’. You win the game if your total is closer to 21 as opposed to the dealer or the dealer goes bust. However if the dealer is closest to 21, you lose.
In blackjack, you only know your hand – let’s say you stand on 12 or 13 and you are only aware of one of the dealers’ cards, his face up card. Now his facedown card is probably a 10, because face cards and tens are all that value so we have a good idea of his starting amount. With this in mind it makes sense to stand on something this low. Why risk going bust by taking another card, when it is fair to suggest that’s what will happen to the dealer. Sometimes the dealer won’t go bust; however the better long term option is to stay on a hand over 11 if the dealer has a weak starting position.
If the dealer shows an Ace, you may be offered an insurance bet at some online blackjack tables. So that when the dealer makes a blackjack in this scenario, your losses will be offset as a result of the insurance bet. As appealing as that may seem, in the long run, it is not. The odds of the dealer getting blackjack do not justify the price of the insurance.
Unless the dealer has an Ace, always double down if you start with 11. If you remember from the first tip that the chance of drawing a 10 is really high, you have a good chance to finish with 21 and impress with your new “Rain man” like skills. Even if you get a 9 or 7, you will finish on 20 or 18.
Now take these three beginner tips and rip up the online blackjack tables. Good luck!