How to win more often at black jack

October 21, 2010

1. When should I hit? There are a number of scenarios but the basic rule of thumb is: Hit if you have a 9 or lower, hit if you have between 12-16 if the dealer shows 7 or higher.  Click here to see the chart

2. When should I stand?  Again, as with hitting, when you should decide to stand depends whether you have 17 or higher, or if you have between 12-16 and the dealer card is lower than a 7. See the chart (click the link in the above tip.)

3. When should I doubling down? A lot of beginner blackjack players do not understand this concept. It is essential that you understand when to do so.  Make sure you are aware of the casino rules regarding doubling down. Many casinos severely limit your ability to double if you have 10 or 11. Most will allow it on any two cards. Some even allow it when splitting which can be very good money-wise. Doubling down allows you to double your wager and receive only one more card. The basic principle is to double down if the dealer is showing a 2-6. It is also worthwhile to DD if you show a 10 to the dealers 9 or an 11 to the dealers 10.

4. Define a soft hand? Simply put, a soft hand contains an ace; you can use this ace as 11 or as 1. You figure out makes more sense for you.

5. Define a hard hand? A hard hand is essentially any two cards that maintain their value. They can contain an ace, but rarely do, unless the ace is the third card. The flexibility of the soft hand is what provides a slight edge to the player.  A7 would be considered a hard 8 or a soft 17.

6. Define surrendering a hand? Depending on the house rules, you may be allowed to surrender your cards. This basically means returning your two cards and half your wager to the dealer.  

7. Read. Read as many books as you can about the game.

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