Blackjack is one of the fastest gambling games available. You can win big or lose just as much in a few deals of the hand, which makes it all the more exciting.
The problem is that there's not much buzz about it. There's no intentional blackjack tournaments due to the fact that blackjack is traditionally played between just one player and a dealer. This lack of media attention makes it harder to become well-versed in the game. To overcome this, let's examine some tips for improving your blackjack game.
1. Pick a good Strategy
Edward O. Thorp published a book in 1966 entitled ”Beat the Dealer” that took a cold, hard look at blackjack and the number theory that went along with it. This was the first time that a strategy was devised that relied on statistics rather than an “instinctual feeling”.
The best way to improve your game is to pick a strategy that works. There's a number out there, so picking the one that works best for you is what you need to do first.
After that, it’s probably best to try and practice a bit with fictional funds. The computer is a good place to start, but don’t bother with videogames unless you are willing to program your own blackjack card game. There are virtually no good blackjack videogames around and specialized blackjack websites or online casinos are probably a better bet.
2. Start Small
You will lose when you play blackjack. If you bet big, then the odds are that you'll lose big. Start small with your bets, then slowly work your way up as you feel more confident. If you feel like you're going to lose, then don't be afraid to take your money and run.
3. Stick With It
Strategies that are based on numbers will always lose, but the goal is that you will statistically come out on top. This means that your total winnings should beat out your total losses when you play blackjack for long enough.
The requirement to have this happen is that you must stick with your strategy. Varying from it because you have a hunch tends to make you lose.
4. Know When to Split
Splitting is essentially a way to double your winnings or losses. That's why it's important to know when to split.
As a general rule of thumb, aces and 8's should always be split. 4's, 5's and 10's shouldn't. 9's should be split unless the dealer has a 7's, 10's or aces. 2's, 3's, 6's and 7's should be split when against a 2 through 7. 6's and 7's should always be hit when going up against a 7 through an ace.