An effective online Blackjack strategy for beginners
Most casino players know that blackjack’s goal is to get closer to 21 points than the dealer without going bankrupt. While it is imperative to know this rule before playing a hand, it only works once the cards are dealt. What you really need in this case is a solid American blackjack strategy.
What is a basic Blackjack strategy?
A basic strategy chart looks at all possible card combinations and the total number of cards available to the player and then it provides a course of action depending on the dealer’s cards. Following this strategy doesn’t guarantee victory all the time, but it will improve your chances in the long run.
Basic strategy for traditional Blackjack
This article will give a complete example of the basic strategy for the most popular blackjack versions. This works even if the dealer is using four, six or eight decks of cards, even though the player must be allowed to double the bet after splitting. If that’s not the case, you will need to use a completely different chart.
The cards in the player’s hand – or the total – are listed first, followed by the recommended actions against the dealer’s specific face-up cards.
- A / 2 – Double bet if dealer has a 5 or 6. card otherwise you should play.
- A / 3 – Double bet on a 5 or 6 card or play on any other card.
- A / 4 or A / 5 – Play unless the dealer has a 4 to 6 card. In that case, always bet a double.
- A / 6 – Double bet on cards 3 to 6 and hit if there are any other cards.
- A / 7 – Hit if the dealer has 9, 10 or an ace. Stop if dealer has 2.7 or 8, and bet doubles if dealer has 3 to 6.
- A / 8 to A / 10 – The player must always stop with this hand.
- A / A – You must always split aces, no matter what card the dealer has
- 2/2 and 3/3 – Split cards if the dealer has cards 2 to 7. Otherwise, you should play
- 4/4 – Play unless the dealer has a 5 or 6. In that case you should play.
- 5/5 – Hit if dealer has 10 or A and bet double if dealer has a hand between 2 and 9. Never split with 5.
- 6/6 – Split if dealer has 2 to 6 cards and play if dealer has any other cards.
- 7/7 – Split if the dealer has a card between 2 and 7. In all other cases be sure to play.
- 8/8 – Split cards, regardless of the dealer’s hand.
- 9/9 – Stop if dealer has 7, 10 or ace. You should split cards if the dealer has 2 – 6 or 8 -9.
- 10/10 – Always stop with this post combination.
- If your total is between 5 and 8, you should always play
- Play when your total is 9. The only exception is when the dealer’s hole card is 3 to 6. In this case, always bet double.
- For players with a total score of 10, play when the dealer has a 10 or ace. Double bet if dealer has a hand between 2 and 9.
- When your total score is 11, stop if dealer has an ace and double bet when they have 2 to 10 hand.
Player’s total score is 12, stop if dealer has 4 to 6. Play under any other circumstances.
- When the player’s hand totals 13 to 16, stop for 2 to 6. Play for any other result.
If your hand is between 17 and 20, always make sure to stop.
Other Blackjack strategies
You can find lists of American blackjack strategies on the Internet and learning these methods is crucial to your long-term success in the game. Once you’ve mastered the basic methods listed above, you may also want to learn the strategy for the following blackjack variations:
21st-Century Blackjack – Invented in California, this game provides free rules allowing the bankrupt player to be pushed if the dealer is also bankrupt. With the perfect strategy, the house’s rate of return is up to 0.44%.
Blackjack Switch – Players are allowed to swap cards between two cards. The game offers a house rate of 0.58% according to standard rules when using optimal strategy.
Double Exposure Blackjack – Both dealer’s cards are shown to the player.
Double Attack Blackjack – Popular in Atlantic City, this game includes several rule variations, such as the player being able to double his or her stake once the dealer’s cards are dealt. The game has a house rate of 0.62% when applying the base strategy.