• The Foundation for Solid Blackjack Play

    Added - July 28, 2014 Casino

    If you want to become a good blackjack player, then you have to realize two things. First, there are tons of different types of blackjack games out there, and the exact strategies you need to use will range from game to game. Second, there are general principles that you need to learn as a foundation for your play that will guide you in most of the common situations the vast majority of the time. When you have this foundation, you can adjust to specific rule sets as you need without having to worry about making big mistakes, and that's why it's so important.

    The main fundamentals have to do with breaking up each type of hand into two categories. You can either be facing a weak dealer card which ranges from two to six, or you can be facing a strong dealer card of anywhere from seven to ace. How you play against each group can be different. For example, if you're playing hard hands, you'll want to always hit with a total of 8 or lower. With a total of nine, however, you'll hit against strong cards and double against weak ones. When you have a total of 10 or 11, you'll double as long as your total is higher than the dealer's up card. For the mid-range hands of 12 to 16, you'll stand when facing a weak card and hit when facing a strong card. Then you'll always stand when facing a total of 17 or higher.

    You don't run into soft hands all that much, but there's a general strategy you can follow that will give you the right place in most cases without you making big mistakes ever. If you have a total of 15 or lower, just hit, and if you have a total of 19 or higher, always stand. For those middle totals in the 16 to 18 range, double when up against a weak card, and hit against a strong card. It's that simple.

    Play for paired hands is pretty easy too. You always split aces and eights, and you never split fours, fives or tens. For the rest of the hands, you split when facing a weak card and do not split when you're facing a strong card. If you don't split, then you play the hand normally as a hard hand using the guidelines listed above.