Blackjack Basics For First Time Players
Sure, slot machines and digital roulette games are great, but, sometimes, you just want to get back to the basics with your gambling experience. For these times, card games are an awesome way to put your knowledge to the test, and let your skills have a greater effect on the outcome.
When it comes to casino card games, few have acquired the following and popularity associated with blackjack. Also referred to as 21, blackjack pits players against the dealer’s hand in a quest to get the closest total to 21 without going over, or busting. Everyone is hoping for an ace, which is worth either 11 or 1, and either a face card or a ten, all of which are worth 10, for the chance to scream, “Blackjack,” and collect on 3-to-2 odds, but a perfect hand isn’t the only way to win.
If you’ve never played before, let’s take a look at some quick tips and rules to get you looking like a seasoned professional at the tables.
When the game begins, you’ll place a bet before being dealt two cards along with each player and the dealer. The dealer’s cards are your competition, but you’ll only be able to see one of them to gauge the quality of your hand. Learning when to hit and stand based on your cards and the face-up card of the dealer can take some time, but knowing about all of your available options can increase your chances of winning some cash. For example, if you’re feeling confident about the next card, doubling allows you the option to double your original bet while receiving an additional card. On the other hand, if you’ve got a pair of the same card, deciding to split your hand allows you to play two separate bets against the dealer. With good strategy and a little luck, these simple rules can lead to big winnings.
Sometimes, the cards aren’t so hot. If the dealer is showing an ace, the possibility of a ten or face card may have you feeling uneasy. In this case, consider purchasing insurance at the cost of up to half of your original bet to cancel out losses in the event of a perfect hand for the dealer. In this case, if the dealer has blackjack, your insurance bet pays 2-to-1 while your original bet is a loss. If your insurance was half of your original bet, you can create a push from a dealer blackjack. If the dealer doesn’t have blackjack, you lose the insurance bet, but still have the opportunity to win the hand with your original wager. The insurance strategy in blackjack is a point of contention amongst players around the world.
Pay attention to the rules at your choice of casino. In most cases, the deal will either stand on all 17’s or hit on soft 17’s (those with an ace serving as an 11) and stand on all 18’s. With this knowledge, you can learn when to take a hit to add a card to your hand and when to stand and wait for the dealer’s play. Great blackjack players can take years developing the perfect strategy for success, but, with a little practice, you’ll be singing the famous saying, “Winner, winner chicken dinner,” while collecting on the investment in your strategy. Next time you’re in the mood for a little bit of skill to go with your game of chance, give blackjack a try!