5 Essential Tips to Win at Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games in the world. Oftentimes, people will tell you, “It’s the easiest game to win at!” But we all know that gambling is just that—gambling. However, Blackjack is a game where, if played correctly, you can minimize the house edge to just 0.5%. Below are a few tips that are a MUST when playing Blackjack to help shrink that house advantage to your favor.blackjack

  1. Read the rules for that specific table.
    1. The fewer decks the table uses, the bigger the advantage is to the player.
    2. Look for a table where the dealer will stand on soft 17s (A-6).
    3. NEVER play at a table that pays Blackjack 6-5. Instead, look for tables that pay out at 3-2.
  2. Have a plan/goal.
    1. Know how much money you are going to gamble with, and assume that you have already lost that money.
    2. Set a reasonable goal for how much you would like to win. Walk away as soon as you achieve that goal.
    3. Play in short spurts; the longer you play, the more likely you will lose.
  3. Know when to hit/stay.
    1. Always remember to assume the dealer’s down card is a 10.
    2. If the dealer is showing a bust card (2-6), your main objective should be to hit until you have at least 12, then stay.
    3. When a dealer is showing a 7 or above, you want to hit until you have at least 17.
    4. NEVER hit hard 17s or above.
  4. Know when to double/split.
    1. Only double down on hands where you have 9-11.
    2. Anytime you have 11, double down regardless of what the dealer is showing.
    3. Always split 8s and As; never split 4s, 5s, or 10s.
  5. Patience
    1. Don’t force it.
    2. Don’t keep doubling your bet after your lose.  This Martingale system is a known loser.
    3. Wait for those perfect opportunities to maximize your odds.

If you play by the rules, follow the “book,” and exercise good habits, you will increase your odds every time you sit down at a Blackjack table. Click this link to see basic strategy for playing Blackjack to help you even maximize your chances on your quest to become a successful Blackjack player.

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