- We look at some of the best tips to help you maximise your chances of coming out on top in blackjack, online or at a casino venue
- Blackjack alongside Poker and Roulette form the crux of any casino
There are certain casino games that just ooze ‘cool’. Blackjack is undoubtedly one of those. After all, if its good enough for James Bond in Licence to Kill, then how could we possibly argue otherwise.
Britain’s finest secret agent makes it easy to win money on the blackjack tables and these tips are to set to make it easier for you to play and win like 007.
10. Swot up before you play
Before getting down to the real nitty gritty of playing Blackjack, the first thing you need to do is make sure you fully understand what you are getting yourself into and understand the rules to maximise your chances of taking every opportunity to win.
Ill prepared and often uneducated players miss chances to take advantage of rules in the game such as when to split, insurance and even the rules of your chosen table.
This is a fundamental mistake that really should not occur to anyone playing Blackjack so do a little research prior to playing so you don’t end up looking and feeling a little daft.
9. Keep your emotions at the door
At the end of the day, Blackjack is a card game and although it can be frustrating, losing your cool will only be of benefit to the house.
Do not get carried away by thinking you are on a hot streak as the bubble can (and will) burst sooner rather than later.
Also, chasing losses is the pretty much first big no-no of all forms of gambling as it is a sign of your emotions getting the better of you.
8. Aces in your hand?…… Split
Being dealt a pair of Aces in your hand like Texas Hold’em is a thing to get excited about a chance to make a serious profit from the hand.
In Blackjack you have the option to split your hand when dealt a pair which is when you then play the two hands separately with the chance to double your bet.
If you receive a pair of aces then the smartest thing you can do is split. When they are hit, any picture card or a ten with give you instant blackjack and if achieved on both hands then pat yourself on the back because you have doubled your winnings.
7. Don’t drink and play
What we mean here is don’t get absolutely plastered as your strategy will go completely out of the window.
Also, your ability to count will be obscured and keeping track of when to stand, split, double down or hit.
6. Pay close attention to the dealer’s card
This is pretty obvious but people very often get carried away by their own hand that they forget that the card the dealer reveals could mean you take unnecessary risks and bust yourself in games where a little patience would have served you better.
For example, if you have a total of 13 or more while the dealer has a 6 or a lower card face up then sticking is the smartest way to go as your chances of going bust are high whilst you are forcing the dealer into making a play.
Recognising this could severely increase your win percentage.
5. Take the time to choose the right online casino
If online play is your thing, then selecting the right online casino is vital in adding value to your experience.
Most online casinos offer some sort of bonus so find one that gives you the chance to get additional bonuses to add to your winning coffers.
4. Don’t fall foul and split 10’s
Many people get carried away with a pair of ten’s in their hand and split them thinking they are on a road to a double pay-out.
However, with 20 in your hand already, your probability of winning the hand anyway is far greater than that of losing and all you do is take an unnecessary risk on your likely winning hand.
3. Always split 8’s
Just like Aces, if you find yourself with a pair eight’s then the first thing you should do is split them.
This is simply because it is much easier to improve your hand from splitting eights than just standing on a sixteen.
2. Know when to double down
Doubling down is a way of your increasing your initial bet by up to 100% in exchange for committing to stand after receiving exactly one more card.
If your hand equals 9, 10 or 11, doubling down is a smart option to take up unless the dealer has a 10 or ace face up.
However, always double down on 11 even if the dealer lays a 10 but not an ace.
1. Rely on a strategy
Strategy charts are there to help a player make a decision on what play to make if in doubt and are especially useful when playing online.
The dealer must follow the strict rules of the game and follow a chart and help make your decision when uncertainty strikes.
Blackjack is supposed to be fun so set a betting limit, pour yourself a ice cold water and by following these tips, you will help improve your chances of Blackjack success.
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