Blackjack is one of few casino games that can massively benefit from a player knowing the game very well. There is, as with all casino games, a big element of luck involved. But, with the right approach a player can drastically improve their chances of winning. In fact, the best blackjack players can literally make a living off of the game, so consistent does their ability to win become.
Let's take a look at a few essential tips for blackjack that can significantly improve the chances a player has of winning at the game. Apply these tips next time you play blackjack, and notice how the game becomes more manageable, and more tactical.
The Game Is To Beat The Dealer
Many, when playing blackjack, become focused only on getting as close to 21 as possible, and do so by taking enormous risk. Calling for a card in blackjack is always going to be risky, and should only be done when absolutely necessary. It is, after all, not the aim of the game to chase 21, but instead to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand.
If the player sticks on 12, and the dealer busts trying to chase that number, 12 is a perfectly good number to stick with. Keep this in mind at all times. The trick is, of course, being able to predict if the dealer will or won't achieve a good hand. This should be more the focus of the game than simply trying to chase the number 21.
The Dealer’s Upwards Facing Card
When the house is dealt a hand, one card is dealt face up, and the other face down. The single card is dealt face up to give the player a clue as to what sort of hand the dealer may achieve. It is impossible to know exactly what hand the dealer will get, of course, but predictions can be made that are of great benefit to the player.
If the dealer has a picture card showing, it should be taken as a sign the dealer is likely going to have a decent hand. The odds are good for this outcome. In this case, the player would be wise to take a risk and try and achieve a strong hand. If, however, the dealer has a low card showing, the player may take a more relaxed approach, and stick with a lower total.
Get A Strategy Guide
Perhaps the most important tip any blackjack player can learn is that strategy guides are enormously beneficial. There are dozens of strategy guides available for free online at a CAD casino or other gaming establishments, and strategy can be applied to blackjack easily. Adopting such a guide, and learning from it, are one of the best ways to become a blackjack master.
Remember that not all strategy guides are the same, and some are based around more aggressive and risky play. Find a strategy guide that is preferred, stick with it, and learn as much as possible from the suggestions it makes. Using any strategy guide, however, is the fastest way to see general winning at blackjack massively improve.