The mechanics of a blackjack hand

In blackjack at online casinos, a player’s goal is to get as many blackjacks or at as many good hands as possible. Playing the game is not really all about seeing the other players lose. What’s important is that you win as much as you can, don’t pay too much attention on the others.

Experts would suggest that sitting at the leftmost seat in the table is best. In this way, you are able to see more played cards which can help you make better, if not good, decisions. Do vary the number of hands you play depending on the odds. Play a single hand if the odds are on the house and play two hands if the odds favor you. It is also recommended that you double your bet when playing two hands. But in playing a single hand, it’s best to bet the minimum to lessen your loss.

The Perfect Strategy

In playing regular blackjack, you should split if you have a pair of eight’s as against the dealer’s 10 or ace. If, for instance, the dealer accidentally revealed both his cards showing a total of 10 or 11, then you should hit against a 10 and stand against an 11. You see, when the dealer has a ten or an ace, you would know that he does not have a blackjack when it’s already your turn because of the fact that he or she peeked at the hole card. You can then be more aggressive in playing your hand. However, when both of the dealer’s cards are shown with a total of ten or 11, then there’s a chance he can draw an ace to the ten or a ten to the 11 thereby getting a 21.

Now, what if you have a total of 13 and the dealer’s upcard is 6? You should stand on 13 because a hit would do you more harm. If you stand, the dealer might bust four times out of ten.

Should You Surrender?

When to surrender? Do this only when your chances of winning are less than 25 percent and the casino has more than 50 percent chance of beating you. In multiple deck blackjack games, remember to surrender only 16 when the dealer shows a 9, 10 or ace and 15 when the dealer shows a 10. Do not surrender your pair of eights as well as a soft 15 or 16 (a hand containing an ace). If the dealer’s cards show an ace, the player cannot surrender his hand until after the dealer checks for a blackjack. If the dealer gets a blackjack, you lose and can no longer surrender.

Remember that your basic blackjack strategy will underpin everything that you do at the table. Playing perfect basic strategy will be the difference between you only losing say 0.5% on turnover and losing 2%-3% on turnover. If you play 60 hands per hour at $20 per hand then you net expectation is -0.5% on $1200 which is -$6 per hour. If you play poorly then you could be losing between $24-$30 hour and that is very excessive.

Learn To Play

As a blackjack player then you need to study and learn basic strategy but luckily this is something that you can do simply by going online and Googling “basic strategy” or “blackjack basic“. You will see some simple strategy charts that you can learn and once you have done that then you are essentially away and gone so to speak.

Learning basic strategy is what all card counters have to go through before they even begin counting at the tables. There are no short cuts to profits and knowledge is power in blackjack. Even if you don’t take the game seriously then you will certainly want to minimise the houses edge against you the next time that you play on the felt be it real felt or virtual.

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