Basic Blackjack Strategy
Memorizing a chart like this one, and sticking to it, will greatly improve your
Hi, Im JJ Burkart for About.com. The object of Blackjack is to beat the dealer. This means you want the highest possible hand without going over 21. In order to increase your chances of winning, you will want to employ some basic strategy.Blackjack strategy is based on mathematical probability, or the likelihood that certain card combinations will come up in the course of a game. Memorizing a chart like this one, and sticking to it, will greatly improve your chances of winning over the long haul.First of all, you can’t win with less than 17 unless the dealer busts. If you have 16 or less and the dealers up card is an ace, K, Q, J, 10, 9, or 8. The dealer is in a strong position and not likely to bust. You want to go for it and always take a hit card in these situations. Don’t be discouraged if you bust, it was still statistically the right thing to do.Second, you can’t win if you bust so stand on any hand above 11 when the dealer shows a 4,5, or 6. These are cards most likely to make the dealer bust because he has to hit on anything below 17. Memorize these two strategies and stick to them and you will be well on your way to a higher winning percentage.Another strategy is the double down. This means that you double your bet and get only one more hit card. A simple strategy that’s easy to remember is to double down is when you have 10 or 11 and the dealer has 4, 5 or 6 showing. You can study a chart like this one use probability in determining other advantageous times to double down. Double down doubles your risk, but also doubles your return. Use this strategy when your hand is strong and the dealer’s hand is weak.Another blackjack strategy is splitting. When you are dealt two of the same cards such as two 9s, you can split them and play two hands. You essentially double your original bet and play half of it on each hand. A simple strategy is to always split Aces and 8’s and never split 10s. There are other situations in which it is advantageous to split pairs as well, depending on what card the dealer is showing.The basics strategies we have covered today are. Hit on 16 or lower if the dealer is showing a K through 8. Stand on 12 or higher if the dealer shows 4, 5 or 6. Double down when you have 10 or 11 and the dealer shows 4, 5 or 6. Split your pairs of Aces and 8s but never split your 10s. Do some research and study some strategy charts and practice at home or with friends.As they say, the house always wins, but if you stick to a plan and play the probabilities you can significantly decrease the dealer’s advantage. Thanks for watching, to learn more visit About.com.