Blackjack is the world’s most popular casino table game with multiple myths on how to win. There are several reasons why may gamblers are attracted to this amazing game including the fact that it is easy to learn, fun to play and players can apply certain strategies to boost their chances of winning huge. It is important to note from the beginning that dealers have no decisions to make in Blackjack.
Of course, players are free to use whichever tactics they are familiar with as there are hundreds of them. However, to be realistic there is no 100% proven strategy that will enable you to beat the dealer after a couple of moves. What we have presented in this article will help you to lower the house edge to almost 1% to bring you as close to winning as possible.
Blackjack Strategy Chart
Dealer’s Card 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
17–20 S S S S S S S S S S
16 S S S S S H H SU SU SU
15 S S S S S H H H SU H
13–14 S S S S S H H H H H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
11 Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh H
10 Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh H H
9 H Dh Dh Dh Dh H H H H H
5–8 H H H H H H H H H H
Dealer’s Hand 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A,8–A,9 S S S S S S S S S S
A,7 S Ds Ds Ds Ds S S H H H
A,6 H Dh Dh Dh Dh H H H H H
A,4–A,5 H H Dh Dh Dh H H H H H
A,2–A,3 H H H Dh Dh H H H H H
Dealer’s Hand 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A,A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
9,9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
8,8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
7,7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
6,6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
5,5 Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh Dh H H
4,4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
2,2–3,3 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H Dealer’s Card
S = Stand
H = Hit
Dh = Double or Hit
Ds = Double or Stand
SP = Split
SU = Surrender
If your first two cards are matching you can place an extra bet on the original bet and Split your cards into two hands. Remember to always Split the Aces or a pair of 8s. Players who choose this strategy benefit in two ways; doubling the stake when the dealer is holding a Five and splitting can turn a bad hand into two good hands.
This strategy is always in favor of the house and it should not be used for long-term games. In the case where the dealer’s face up card is an Ace then you can take an Insurance. However, you never take an insurance unless you are counting cards.
Some online casinos allow players to surrender, meaning they take back half of their and give up on their current hand. Although not many casinos offer this strategy, it is good at helping a player to get out of a challenging situation.
Doubling down in a Blackjack game is the best way to lower the house edge. Players can double down when they have a favorable hand e.g. 9, 10, 11. This is done by placing a second wager equal to the first. Remember, never double with a hard hand which is greater than 11.
Hitting implies taking another card(s) with the hope of getting as close to 21 as possible. However, if you exceed 21, it will be considered a “bust” and you will lose the bet.
By Standing, it means that you will not pick any more cards hoping that the final results will help you to beat the dealer. In a land-based casino, this is done by waving a flattened hand over the cards.
Blackjack is an old game which has attracted many players from all walks of life. Unlike other games where you don’t need skills to win, players who choose Blackjack must learn and understand some basic winning strategies to help them beat the dealer. It is fun and simple to understand. Remember to use a strategy that you understand well.