Despite the fact that blackjack is a game of chance, there are different strategies to increase your chances of winning. All experienced blackjack players know that knowing these techniques is an effective way to manage their bankroll. To allow you to fully enjoy this casino game, here are the main strategies to take into account.
The basic strategy
To play blackjack effectively, you have to learn the basic strategy. This strategy should adapt to the value of your hand, and the value of the dealer’s turned over card. The strategy table below tells you when to bet twice, to draw an additional card or not, to separate two cards of the same value or to give up.
This table is easy to consult because you just have to see the value of your first two cards and then compare it with the value of the first card returned from the dealer to find out what to do, depending on the case. Consult the table and find the line corresponding to these values to then take the best action.
Minimize the risk of “buster”
Buster means exceeding the value 21 and losing your stake. To avoid this, you must know how to limit the additional card draw. In general, if you find that you already have a good hand value, stop drawing other cards. This is even more true if you hold a “hard” hand like a 16. Here, it is strongly advised not to draw other cards because your risks of busting are too high. A contraction, if you have a “soft” hand, you can continue to draw cards because, with this kind of hand, you will have no risk of busting.
Smartly manage your bankroll
Apart from following the different strategies mentioned above, winning at Blackjack also depends on your luck. The latter will not always be on your side. Thus, losses can accumulate, and streaks of bad luck will significantly eat into your budget. For a pleasant and lasting game, therefore, you will need to prepare a fairly large bankroll. The optimal management of this capital always begins with a good appreciation of your gaming budget. It is thus advised to establish beforehand a provisional plan for your bankroll. This plan fixes the capital that you will use. Just like, it should set your winning goals as well as the number of acceptable losses before you withdraw from the game.
It should also not be forgotten that in blackjack, you must keep chips in cases where you need to double or separate your hands during the game. Indeed, these two actions require the addition of chips.
Separate in case of double
When playing blackjack, you can split your first cards if they form a pair of the same value. This is called “making a split.” By doing this, you must bet an amount on each card. This technique is especially recommended to avoid exceeding 21 and reduce your risk of busting.
For example, a single ace is equal to 11, and a pair of aces only makes 12 points, whereas if you separate them, you will have two cards of 11 points each. Thus, by separating the two aces, you will be more likely to have one or two winning hands, or even, why not, two 21.
In the same spirit, a pair of 8 is always to be separated in order to benefit from two hands with a solid base. These give you a good chance of winning. On the other hand, if you have two cards of 10 which already make 20 points, it is strongly advised against doing a split. Indeed, a 20 point hand is difficult to beat in blackjack. Two cards of 6 are also not to be separated because then you will have a base too weak to hope to win the round.