Online Blackjack Tips

Blackjack is a game of odds, so your best line of approach when trying to master it is learning a Blackjack strategy and other ways in which you can bend the rules to your advantage. Blackjack strategy mostly takes advantage of the fact that the dealer must reveal one of his or her cards, because it allows players to make proper estimations about the possible outcomes, and play accordingly. The following is a basic overview of some of the most common playing tips and strategies used by professional blackjack players.

Beware of the Soft 17: a soft hand is one where the Ace is used as an 11 and not 1. One of the most frequently made mistakes is playing a soft 17 wrong. People believe that because the dealer stands on 17, a soft 17 is a good hand. Yet this is not the case; basically, unless the dealer busts, the best outcome you can hope for with a soft 17 is a tie, and this will bring you no winnings at all. You will have a much better chance of walking away with something by trying to draw a 2, 3 or 4, or even leaving it the same by drawing a Jack, King or Queen, as this will give you a 61% chance of improving your hand.

Know when to double down after splitting: Sometimes, but not often, it can be beneficial for you to double down after splitting, if of course, the casino allows it. The times when you should do this are:
When you have two 2’s or two 3’s – split against a 2-7 instead of splitting against the dealer’s 4-7.
When you have two 4’s – split against a 5 or a 6 instead of hitting against all.
When you have two 6’s – split against a 2-6 instead of splitting against a 3-6.

Ever tried card counting? Card counting is not as difficult as many make it out to seem, as it doesn’t involve memorizing every card dealt as one would think. This is way too difficult, especially when many decks of cards are being used. Instead, card counting involves making use of the changing odds in Blackjack, which are affected primarily by the Aces and face cards (10’s) still left in the deck. There is a higher chance of you getting blackjack when there are many face cards and Aces in the deck, and if so you should raise your bet.

The most common method for card counting is the plus/minus system:

When a card valued 3-6 is dealt, plus one point.
When a card valued 10 is dealt, minus one.
The total received is the “running count”.
Divide the running count by the estimated number of decks left in order to get the “true count”.
The higher the true count, the better your chances are of scoring a Blackjack.

But beware, only card-count when you have minimum 30 chips!

May 2, 2012 - Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.