Blackjack strategy

Before you start to play it's smart to plan a budget so you'll know how you actually can spend when playing, and so you won’t play away too much of your money. It doesn't matter what kind of strategy you'll use, if you don't have a good budget you won't come very far.

When you're playing blackjack you make your own decisions on how to play, therefore it's not only about luck. Your own knowledge and skills also have a big impact on how the game goes, so the better strategy you have, the greater chance of winning will you have.

Strategies for black jack are built on mathematics and probability. Therefore they will only work over time and maybe not on your first round (even if it's possible). You can still lose your hands even if you're following a strategy and it's also why so many players prefer to play without strategies, but these players obviously already know the game and the different variations the game offers.

Your first choice you have to make is how you'll play your next hand. If you're playing blackjack online most of the time you will be able to fold directly, if you're not happy with your first two cards. But there's actually always best to play the hand you're given.

Another choice you can make when playing, is if you wanna split your hand or not. If you split your cards you will then have two separate hands, but you can only split if you have a value of 10 points or if you have two of the same cards. You can also double your hand, but not all game types allows this. Only double your hand if you have a great hand and a big chance of winning. When you're double your hand and win, you will win x2 your stake.

You can see basic blackjack strategy charts here. Follow these instructions to understand the diagram:

  • S = Stand
  • P = Split
  • H = Hit
  • D = Double
Blackjack strategy

On the left side you will see your own hand, and on the right side you will see the dealer's hand. You can see cards with the possible values which is marked in the diagram. Just follow your and the dealers value in the strategy and then you will see if you should double, split, hit or stand. The diagrams may look complicated, but it's pretty logical when you understand the layup.

How to count cards in blackjack

Blackjack card counting has been popular during the years and you've probably heard about it before. This is basically knowing what cards been played already, so you can calculate how big chance of winning you have on your next hand. In order for you to do this, you need to have use a counting system or have a really good memory.

You cannot count cards if you're playing online, since the cards are shuffled after every round. But if you play against real players and if you're good enough to memorize the cards, you can use blackjack card counting to your advantage.

So if you want to play blackjack online, there's no need to learn card counting. But if you want to impress your family or friends, then there's a lot of different blackjack counting systems you can use. You can find sites on the internet where they're describes the different systems, so you can learn more about counting blackjack cards.


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