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Blackjack Strategy Basics
When I say Blackjack strategy, I’m talking about six basic components of the game. Here are 3 of those key components: Hitting and Standing, Doubling Down and Splitting.
Hitting and Standing
The most basic place to start is hitting and standing. The most fundamental thing to remember is, because the Dealer always has to hit on hands 16 or lower, you won’t win as much money when you’re holding less than 17, unless the Dealer busts. So, how should that statement affect your play? Here’s a quick rundown.
If your hand is below 17 and the Dealer is showing an Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9 or 8, you need to take a hit. Why? Simple. Whenever the Dealer holds one of these cards, his chances of busting are very slim, so unless you clear 16, your chances of winning are also slim. There are a few different ways to go when we’re talking “soft hands,” but we’ll delve into those in our Tips and Tricks section.
So you may be asking, when should I stand? If your hand is higher than 12 and the Dealer shows a 4, 5 or 6, your best play is to stand. When the Dealer is showing any of these three cards, his chances of busting are highest. In fact, it’s more than 40 percent of the time. Think of how you’d feel if you hit on a 15, get thrown a 10 and busted, only to see that the Dealer had 14 and would have been forced to hit and take the 10 instead of you. Every time you bust, you’re losing money. You can start making more on your winnings if you start getting the dealer to bust instead.w
Speaking of money, fastest way to make it when playing Blackjack online is by successfully doubling down at every opportunity. Doubling down can make you double your bet or end up costing you double if you lose. The first and most important rule of doubling down: always double down any hand totaling 11. No matter what the Dealer’s showing, if you hit a 10 when you’ve got 11 he won’t beat you.
So when else is a good time to double down? When your hand is 10 and the Dealer is showing a 9 or lower, double it up. When your hand is a 9 or you have a “soft” hand (an ace counted as 11) between 13 and 17 against a Dealer’s 4, 5 or 6, double it up. That’s really all there is to it. Those hands will increase your chances at winning when you double down. Follow these rules and you’ll end up winning more than you do losing.
For a thorough guide to strategic doubling down, please refer to the Blackjack strategy chart.
The third strategy point, and tends to be many people’s favorite and most hated part of Blackjack, is splitting. Splitting can be highly profitable if you do it with the right cards, or you could risk splitting your winning hand into a pair of losers.
The first thing to remember when splitting: never split 10’s or 5’s. Tens refers to any card valued 10, whether it be the actual 10 or any face card. Conversely, always split Aces and eights, no matter what the Dealer is showing. The reason for splitting a pair of Aces is simple, it can be used as 1 or 11, increasing your chances of a winning hand. The eights are a little different. A pair of eights equals 16, which is really a middle-of-the-road hand in Blackjack. Like we said before, with 16 your only chance of winning is if the Dealer busts. By splitting into a pair of eights, your chances of hitting two hands higher than 16 are actually quite good.
Other than Aces and eights, your best bet when it comes to splitting is to split 2’s and 3’s against the Dealer’s 4, 5 or 6. When it comes to the rest of the cards in the deck (4, 6, 7, 9), the simplest rule is to only split when the Dealer’s hand is showing lesser card. There are variations on this rule but for now you should stick with Aces, 8’s, 2’s and 3’s for now.