Hopefully you know how to play blackjack, or at least, are familiar with the game. If not, it is simply a game between the dealer and player in which both draw cards to see who can get closer to twenty-one without going over. The players cards are always exposed, while the dealer will always have one exposed and one facedown card until the player settles or holds their hand, after which the dealer exposes their second card and then commences drawing if need be. This may sound confusing, and if it is, please brush up on the rules of the game first before trying to learn a strategy. Otherwise, the following tips have been compiled from the basic blackjack strategy chart, which is the leading blackjack strategy based on mathematical odds and computer simulations. We suggest you memorize the following tips and/or print this page for quick reference while you gamble at the online blackjack table:
- Hit if you are holding anything less than a 16 and the dealer’s card is a 7 or greater.
- Hit if you are holding an 8 or less combined card value, no matter what the dealer shows.
- Stand if you are holding at least a 17 or greater (21 is a natural, and will win in most cases).
- Double down if you are holding an 11.
- Double down if you are holding a card value of 10, and the dealer’s card is lower than a 10.
- Double down if you are holding a card value of 9, and the dealer’s card is lower than a 7.
- Double down if you are holding an Ace, and the dealer’s card is a 4,5 or 6.
- Split if you are holding two Aces.
- Split if you are holding two 8’s.
- Split if you are holding two 2’s or two 3’s, and the dealer’s card is a 4,5,6 or 7.
In order for the strategy to have its full effect, you must prescribe to these actions every time the situation warrants. For any situations not mentioned, you are advised to consult a blackjack strategy card. Also, take mind to not take insurance if ever offered (the House Edge is much too high), and to never split double two 10’s or matching face cards.