Basic strategies for winning at blackjack

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If you’ve gotten to love casinos and the game of blackjack, then you may want to learn more about how you can improve your chances of winning. The good news is that there are many strategies you can use in order to achieve that so with no further ado, below we’re going to take a closer look at some of changes you should make to your game.

Tips for playing Blackjack

Dealer’s rules for Blackjack

One of the first things you need to keep in mind is that you have to find out the rules for the dealer. In the majority of casinos, regardless if you’re playing online or offline, dealers need to hit with a total of sixteen or lower and stay with anything seventeen or above. This is one of the most important things you need to know when playing blackjack.


If the total of 2 of your cards is nine or below, then you should hit, but if the total of 2 of your cards is a hard seventeen or more, then you should stand. If you have friends who play blackjack, then you might have also heard them talk about hard totals. These basically refer to the total of 2 cards that neither is an ace. In Black Jack, aces count as one or eleven and they are considered a soft total when you pair them with another card. For instance, a ten and a seven is a hard seventeen, while an ace and a six is a soft seventeen because it could also total seven.


If your total is twelve to sixteen and the dealer’s upcard is six or smaller, then you should stand. However, when your total is twelve to sixteen and the dealer’s upcard is seven or higher, then you should clearly hit. Just so you know, this is actually the hardest range total that you can win with and if you decide to stand, then there are great chances that the dealer will bust due to the fact that he’ll have a total below seventeen and as a result, he needs to hit. On the other hand, if his card is a seven or higher, a face card or a ten will beat you and that is why you should hit.

Your bet

If your total is ten or eleven and greater than the dealer’s upcard, then it’s recommended that you double your bet and take only one more card (which is known as a “double-down”). If the dealer is showing a seven and you have a total of ten, then you should definitely double down. On the other hand, if you the dealer is showing a face card or a ten and you have a ten, then you need to hit.

Split cards

When playing blackjack, you need to split your cards apart and always play them as 2 separate hands, especially if the dealer’s upcard is less than six and you have a pair. Regardless of the dealer’s upcard, eights and aces should always be split. However, if you have pairs of fours, fives and tens, you should not split them.

Blackjack is indeed a very fun game to play, but when you want to play and win, following simple strategies as this one will definitely help increase your odds of walking away from the casino with good money.