Blackjack tips

Depending upon whom you listen to, Blackjack is either the ultimate game of skill or the definitive game of chance –but in my opinion a skilled blackjack player has a better chance of winning.  Reality probably falls somewhere in the middle, but with the help of some helpful Blackjack hints, you can tip the balance more towards the skill end of the spectrum, than luck.

Some of these tips, may work better in an online casino, but are probably worth bearing in mind, wherever you choose to play:

•    It’s advisable not to split 4s, 5s or 10s.
•    If you are not, or don’t want to count cards (especially in a land-based casino, where you can be ejected for being caught doing this), it’s best not to take insurance.

•    If the dealer’s face-up card is a 7 through to an Ace, hit.
•    If the dealer’s face-up card has a value of 10, you should consider hitting, even if you are on 17
•    Consider hitting if you have 12, when the dealer’s card is a 2, 3, 7 or higher.

When playing with a ‘soft-hand’ (i.e. when you have an Ace it counts as 1 point, rather than 10), things are altered slightly, considering that you cannot bust. For example:

•    When you have a hand of 3 or more cards, you are able to hit soft from 13 through 17.
•    A player can double-down a soft 17, when the dealer’s face-up card is a 3.

This is obviously not a comprehensive list of ways to be successful at Blackjack, but if you wish to prove the doubters wrong and make this great game more about skill than luck it might be worth taking note of some of the points made.  Remember also, that there are books and blogs on Blackjack, so it might be worth checking those out too.