Blackjack is a game of chance if you do not know the basic game rules to play then there is no chance of having any true strategy. Most people who go to casinos lose money over the long term because they lack a proper strategy. In blackjack the casino has a 3.4% advantage over the player. The difference being the player has a slight edge in the game.
The first step to winning at blackjack is to have a good strategy and stick to it. So many players who have no strategy tend to make the same mistake over and over again. What this means is they sit down at a blackjack table and when they haven’t seen a hand, they automatically assume the dealer has a face card showing and they bust. Face cards only account for about 21% of the hands you will see per hour at a blackjack table.
A basic blackjack strategy tells you what to do in a given situation. This strategy can be used as a basis for additional advanced blackjack strategies. The worst mistake a blackjack player can make is to change the basic blackjack strategy they use to win. If you are holding face cards when the dealer has a face card showing, you must stand. Your chances of winning over time increase significantly if you take this simple step.
Casinos use blackjack strategy guides to entice players to stay longer at their tables.
Blackjack players who use these guides are the ones who lose longer. If you are a beginner you need to learn the basic strategy first, before you use the advanced strategy. The guides are especially important for players who are learning how to play the game for the first time. The casinos use these guides to prevent players from experiencing the “lightNING war” that occurs at the blackjack table.
If you find yourself thinking that the dealer is showing a 7 too often then you need to find out the being dealt cards correctly. If you have a powerful hand you want to raise the bet before you see the dealer’s up card.
A card counting method is a method by which you determine if the deck is rich in high cards or low cards. If the deck is rich in high cards you raise your bet, if the deck is rich in low cards you bet the minimum.
The Hi-Lo card counting method is one of the most popular methods. Basically, every time the dealer has a face card showing you will know what card he has. The game is played until the dealer has showing at least a 3, and 7 or better. Then you start all over. If you have a 6 or better you should double down, unless the dealer is showing a 2 or 3.
In the BlackJack card counting method you adjust the high cards value to a higher number, and then scale it back to the number 2 to keep a balance of high cards and low cards. Following is a basic rule of thumb on card counting:
– If the deck is rich in high cards, you have a better chance of beating the house
– If the deck is rich in low cards you have a better chance of beating the house
– And if the deck is neutral, you bet the table minimum
A card counter plays blackjack betting the table minimum and betting the high cards. This way he is always making money.
This strategy improves your chances of beating the house. Your house advantage improves to 5.26% when you play the Hi-Lo card counting method. If you play the basic card counting method, and bet the table minimum, you will lose less money than if you had played Ace-Four or Ace-Five.
You need to focus now on the Hi Lo card counting method. This is the only method that will help you make money when you are counting cards.
This method gets complicated for the laymen. Memorizing this method will take practice. But once you have it down pat, practicing it for a while will make it faster.
You must know the values assigned to cards in a deck of cards. Each card from 2 to 10 is assigned a value of zero, and the ace is a one. Card numbers start at zero.
The card counting method assigned to the Ace might be confusing to the beginner. multipliers and decillion values must be remembered.
The beginner has to remember that the ace is ‘a’ when counting straight cards and it is ‘b’ when counting suited cards. So, if the ace is counted as a four, then it is ‘c’ for the suited cars.