If you are all familiar with the casino games in online casinos, you are probably already aware of the classic blackjack tips and tricks to win, offered at the Gaming Club online casino – the favourite online gaming casino in New Zealand! Today we are going to revisit some basic rules for those who haven’t tried playing it before and look at a few strategies that make this game excellent fun.
Why is Blackjack called Blackjack?
The classic game of blackjack comes from the game called twenty-one. When it was first introduced in the USA, gambling houses would offer bonus payouts to the players to stimulate their interest. One of these bonuses was a 10-to-1 payout, if the player’s hand contained an Ace of Spades and a black Jack. This hand was called a “blackjack”, and the name stuck to the game even though the ten-to-one bonus was soon withdrawn. In the modern game, a blackjack refers to any hand of an ace plus a ten or face card regardless of suits or colours.
How Blackjack works?
The game begins with the players and the dealer getting two cards. One dealer card is shown and called the up card, and the other – the hold card – is hidden. The cards have designated points, with the scoring of face cards being 10 points, Aces either 1 or 11, and the number cards as numbered. The total card hand must not exceed 21 points, or the player loses.
On the turn, the player can stand, take a hit or double. Standing means keeping the cards and passing the turn, taking a hit miss drawing a new card and doubling up means doubling the bet to get an extra card. The strategies for all of these is described in detail below.
Another game option is called splitting, allowed by some casinos. This means that, if the player possesses a pair of any face cards or 10s, he can double the bet and split his hand into two. Then the game continues as previous, but the players plays for two.
After the player takes his final turn, the dealer turns over the hole card. The scoring is based on the dealer’s hand – if it’s less than 16, the dealer draws another card. If it’s over 21, the player wins. If both stay in the game, the hand with the highest points wins.
Can Blackjack be beaten?
It’s not hard to do well in a game of Blackjack. What you need is a basic strategy and remembering to count cards. An important point to note is that many casinos used multiple decks of cards to discourage players from counting cards, which changes the odds of winning.
It’s also important to have a good betting strategy. There are plenty of ideas online, but the important thing is to remember that the odds matter. For example, 6:5 odds are worse for you than 3:2, since if you bet and win twice on the first odds, you would be better 10 units to win 12. But at 3:2 odds, for every $2 you bet, you could win $3.
Another rule is that you should never take insurance or ‘even money’.
When to hit in Blackjack or ask for another card?
There are two main strategies for hitting successfully in Blackjack. One is to always hit ‘hard’ on 11 or less. ‘Hard’ means that you don’t have an ace in your hand. The other is that, if you have 17 or less in hand, you should always hit soft. Again, there are some fantastic strategies available online for all Blackjack players, from beginners to advanced.
When to stand in Blackjack (or hold your total cards and end your turn)?
Some people struggle with developing a solid strategy for standing in Blackjack – that is, holding the total cards and ending the turn. The basic rules for this are as follows:
- Stand on hard 12 against a dealer 4-6, otherwise hit.
- Stand on hard 13-16 against a dealer 2-6, otherwise hit.
- Always stand on hard 17 or more.
- Stand on soft 18 except hit against a dealer 9, 10, or A.
- Always stand on soft 19 or more.
When to split in Blackjack?
And finally, there are some strong strategies that the player should follow for splitting successfully. The decision on which one should be used is based on solid mathematics, and its well worth learning a variety of strategies to maximise your wins. There is a good in-depth description of the strategy available here.