How to Beat the Dealer in Blackjack

18 July 2010
The secret to walking away with millions in Blackjack is in the player’s decision making process. In this game, a couple of choices have to be made. Like whether to stand now or hit some more, and whether to go double, take insurance, or split. These decisions will spell out either a victory or a loss.

Always remember that Blackjack is always at the dealer’s favor. At the event when both the dealer and the player bust (cards total more than 21), the player loses. Here are some tips that might help you up your game and win conquer these 21 tables.

1. Find a table where the players’ bet is within 3-5% of your total money. This way, you can have time to warm up, wear your game face and know the dealer. It will not hurt if you start small. This could win you big bucks at the end of the game.

2. You can’t win with a card of less than 17 points total. The dealer will always hit with a hand of 16 or lower.

3. Make a “double” if you strongly believe that you can beat the dealer by doing so. A double means raising your original bet twice and getting an additional card. This is a very strong advantage for the player but also very risky. Double with “soft hands” of 13-17 against a 4-6.

4. The “split” is also a very powerful move. A pair of 10’s, 5’s, and face cards must never be split. On the other hand, always split 2’s, 3’s, 8’s, and 7’s.

5. Always give tips to the dealer. This will ensure that you are not jeopardizing your seat on the 21 tables.

Another crucial thing to consider is when a “soft” or a “hard” hand has landed your fingers. How can I tell the difference? Well, there are big differences.
A soft hand is achieved when one of the cards is an Ace, which could be counted either as 1 or 11. Ask for a hit and you could get busted. Stand or it might fall short. A hard hand is all the other cases that occur without the Ace, but giving you the same problem. So, how to react in these situations?

1. Always stand with a “soft” hand of 17 or higher and on a “hard” hand of 12 or higher. If the hand is less than 12, hit for sure. A soft hand can be limited up to 17 in total. This is an advantage most of the time.

2. The dealer has his/her rules on the table. Play according to it.

Thorp and Uston’s “Basic Strategy”


Use the dealer’s exposed card to your advantage. Basically, the numbers 2-6 are bad and 7-10 or an Ace is at the dealer’s advantage. Remember that the dealer must achieve at least 17 points in total and remember that almost a third of the deck is composed of all the cards valued at 10, 16/52 to be exact. If a bad card is exposed on the dealer’s card, then be careful of busting yourself off the game. If your card will allow a split or a double, go for it.
In this strategy, Blackjack is fair. The secret relies on keeping track of the cards that have been played. Analyzing this information alone can give you a better idea on what might be behind the dealer’s other card. Remember that there is an exact number of cards in the deck and a player can actually count in or out every single card.
Best of all, enjoy the game and have fun!

 

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