The Basic Strategy of Blackjack You Have to Know



Playing Blackjack or also known as twenty-one is not that hard as it looks. It is basically a game where you need to compare your hand to the cards that dealers show. This is for you to determine if you still need to take chances or you need to fold. This is a decision you have to make if you think you have a soft-hand or you need to do a double-down.

It is basically a card game where you need to add the value and be as much get closer to the value of 21. The hard part is the probability. A player must not go beyond the value of 21, or he is sure to lose the game.

First step to the game, a dealer will give out 2 cards for each player. A soft-hand – this is what you call a hand with an ace and any other card below ten (9 of hearts, 8 of spades, 7 of cloves, etc.). This hand gets its name because the ace can be either one or eleven as necessary. The big advantage to a soft hand is that you can take hits with less risk of busting (go over 21).

Before deciding if you’ll still hit a card or keep your card, don’t forget to compare your hand with the open dealer’s card. Keep in mind that you should always win against the dealer, only second priority to compete with other players.



Ace = 1 or 11 (depends on how much of value the player will use it)

If you have an ace and 8 = 9 or 11 (This is an example of a soft-hand. It’s better to have this hand than risking it and hitting another card. You might end up getting value more than 21).

If you have an ace and 7, take a hit or get another card; if the dealer's open card is 9 or better.

If you have an ace and six or less, it would be possible that you can still get closer to 21 if you ask for a hit. This is a risk to reach the value of 17, if you fail to get a closer value or you just bust by using the Ace as value 1 rather than 11.

In a situation that a player considers they have a positive hand, by and large a total of 9, 10 or 11, they can choose to 'Double Down'. To do this they put a second bet equivalent to their first bet. They put it beside their first bet. A player who doubles down receives exactly one more card facing up for all to see, and is then stand on that decision he made regardless of the total of the cards that is on his hand plus the card faced up.

You should double down according to following rules:

If your hand is a value of 9 to 11 then double down. This is a big chance you will win because there are still a lot of cards that values 10.

If your hand is a 9, think about doubling down. A double down is only necessary if the dealer is showing a weak card of 3 to 6.

Here are some values that you have to keep in mind if you have a soft-hand:

Ace with 8-9, just stand. This is a strong hand, there is a big chance that you will win. Do not double down.

Ace and 6-7, get a double down and take a hit if the dealer has a weak face up 3-6, and especially 4.-6.

Ace and 4-5 only double down if the dealer is holding a weak 4.-6.

You get the flow? It’s now depending on your strategy if you will win or not. Do not be greedy in double down and hits.


Counting Values

High cards: 10, J, Q, K, A equals to value of -1 (minus one)

Medium cards: 7, 8, 9 equals to value of 0 (zero)

Low cards: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 equals to a value of +1 (plus one)

In any case that both player and dealer end up with a Blackjack, no one wins. Instead, the bet will be returned to the player.

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Last modified on Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:50