For those of you that are ready to dive headfirst into the world’s most popular table game at casinos all over the globe (online or off), the rest of this quick blackjack guide is going to give you the foundation you need to start racking up win after win – hopefully landing you that big jackpot!
The basic blackjack rules are pretty simple and straightforward, and you can learn how to play blackjack in no time at all.
There’s no reason to stop at the basics, just barely understanding the rules of blackjack and not knowing how to play a number of strategies and insider secrets tips to boost your chances of winning dramatically.
Don’t handicap yourself right off the bat.
Instead, arm yourself with all of the info in this quick guide about how to play blackjack like a shark, and before you know it you’ll able to go head-to-head against some of the best blackjack players on the planet without blinking.
Let’s get right into it!
Understanding how blackjack works in the first place
Before we even think about focusing on those advanced blackjack tips, tricks, and secrets, it is critically important that we covers the basics of the blackjack rules.
You absolutely need to know the rules of blackjack to play with any real success whatsoever, and once you learn how to play blackjack like “civilians” do you have a much greater appreciation for the tips and tricks we cover later on.
First of all, the premise behind blackjack is ridiculously simple and straightforward – you want to get cards that total up to the number 21 without going over, or as close to 21 as possible without “busting”.
Even though multiple people will sit down at your blackjack table, they are completely irrelevant. It’s just you against the dealer, against the bank, so you can block them out completely.
You will be dealt two cards initially (one face up and one face down), and will have the opportunity to “hit” – take another card – or “stand” – pass your turn to the dealer and give up taking on any extra cards in this particular hand.
Before you make that decision though, you’ll want to total of your cards. It’s important to know what each card is worth so that you make the right calculations going forward.
Cards two through nine are valued at their face value (obviously), whereas the 10, the Jack, the Queen, and the King are all worth 10 points.
Your ace is a bit of a wildcard, as it can count as a one or and 11 depending upon how you’re playing or the specific hand that you have been dealt.
Card combinations you’ll want to know about
While not exactly the rules of blackjack, it’s important to know what kind of card combinations can really help you out and what you’re going to want to do to boost your chances of winning this game.
Start off with, if you land 21 with a 10 or any of the face cards and an ace, you immediately when the game as you have “blackjack” – unless of course the dealer also has blackjack, in which case there’s a push.
If, however, you have let’s say an ace and a seven, you could decide that your points are worth 18 or 8 (remember, the ace can be worth one or 11) depending on how you feel the cards are running and whether or not you think the dealer will be able to beat your 18.
As a general rule, you’ll want to hit pretty much anything under 14 or so and stay just as soon as you start to approach 16 and up. These aren’t hard and fast rules of blackjack, however, but you’d have to have some real brass to start hitting on a 17 or 18 – regardless of what the dealer is showing.
Blackjack tips, tricks, and tactics you need to be aware of
One of the most important blackjack tips that you’re going to want to take away from this quick guide is how to select a blackjack table.
The odds are pretty good that there are going to be literally dozens and dozens (if not more) blackjack tables available to pick and choose from at any traditional casino, and an unlimited amount of blackjack tables at any of the online casinos.
This advice plays across the board.
What you’re going to want to look for in a blackjack table is the sign that designates the betting limits.
Too terribly many people avoid this for whatever reason, only to sit down at a blackjack table and discover that the minimum that is $100 – about $95 more than most people had anticipated. If you’re not a high roller, you can’t just plop down at any old blackjack game and expect to cover even just the minimum bets.
There’s another sign that you want to look for though, and that is the actual payout sign.
Blackjack rules are pretty much standard and universal across the board, but different tables will pay out differently for blackjack. The blackjack payout you’re looking for is three to two, while you’ll want to pretty much avoid any game that pays blackjack at six to five.
Pay attention to the signs.
Secondly, you’re going to want to know the blackjack rules about doubling down.
One of the most effective ways to “stretch your money”, doubling down is only available when you have a two card hand. Essentially what you’re doing is doubling the bat that you have on the table while only taking one (and only ONE) card more – and then playing whatever you have in your hand.
For example, if you have a total of 11 (a six and a five) and the dealer or the bank is showing a card of five, you have a pretty rock solid chance of winning the hand by pulling just one more card.
The dealer will also be stuck with just one more card, in both of you will go “face up” in a showdown to see who walks away with the pot.