Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world. Roulette is still up there, but blackjack is quickly gaining in popularity. It’s a game in which strategy heavily affects your results, even though no strategy will deliver you a guaranteed win. Then there is also the fact that its perceived simplicity is enticing.
On the surface, Blackjack does seem a simple game. You keep drawing cards until you’re as close to a face-value total of twenty-one – what’s tough about that? The truth is playing Blackjack like a pro takes some skill. For example, is it always wise to hit on twelve? The answer is: mostly yes, but not all the time. If the dealer is showing a four, five or six, you stand. Anything else, and you hit. The reason? The dealer has to keep going until they reach at least seventeen, and if they start off with a six, the chances of them busting are reasonably high.
Knowing what to do in each situation can really help you. You need to know when the odds are in your favour, and how you can maximise your chances of winning. Sometimes you’ll be able to ‘double down’ – this is where you double your original bet in return for only receiving one more card. You usually do this when you have ten or eleven and the dealer’s card is less than your total.
You can learn basic strategy while keeping your stakes long. Once you feel you’ve mastered it and feel like you’re looking for a higher thrill, you can consider moving up in stakes. Always set a figure for your budget and stick to it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Always be responsible and sensible with your gambling.
You think you have what it takes to become a blackjack master?