A Simple Strategy
Add a winning blackjack strategy to your arsenal of casino fighting weapons. Here are blackjack tips that will have you playing a winning game in short order.
Professional gambling writers tell us that blackjack is the one casino table game that can be beaten in the long run. Yet, winning more often than not remains an unreachable goal for the great majority of players.
Just like video poker players, most blackjack enthusiasts don’t bother memorizing all the correct plays. Plus, we humans are not computerized robots, and that means we make mistakes. So, can an amateur player win at blackjack? Yes! Here’s how:
Memorize these six most important basic strategy rules if you aim to win at blackjack. (For quick and easy reference, keep a printout handy when you’re playing online):
Stand if you hold hard 12 to 16 and the dealer shows 2 to 6
Hit if you hold hard 12 to 16 and the dealer shows a 7 or higher
Stand on 17 to 21, but hit soft 17
Always split pairs of Aces and 8’s
Never split 10’s, jacks, queens, kings, 5’s or 4’s
Double down on 10 or 11 if dealer shows an 8 or lower
Guard against making mistakes. Errors can be costly. If you want to win playing blackjack, keep your emotions in check and don’t play hunches. Stick to the above rules. Don’t buy insurance, casinos never offer anything that isn’t to their advantage.
Start playing better blackjack by betting the table minimum. Increase the size of your bet after every win and go back to your minimum bet when you lose a hand. Overall, you’ll have more losing than winning rounds, that’s why winning blackjack players follow a sensible betting progression.
Here’s what I suggest: Make four consecutive bets at a betting level you’re comfortable with, (usually the table minimum). If you don’t win at least two of the four hands, try again a little later.
A winning blackjack strategy is to wait until you’re ahead by two units, then use this progression: 2, 3, 5, 7, 10. If your betting unit is $5, the progression would be: $5, $5, $10, $15, $25, $35, $50.
Every run of good luck will come to an end. When it does, go back to your original betting level. Anytime you lose four hands in a row, take a break for a while, no matter whether you’re up or down for the session.
There you have it, a simple but effective winning blackjack strategy.