Blackjack Quick Tips – A Mini-Education For Casino Players

September 23rd, 2009 Blackjack Systems

This lesson serves as a mini-education offering strategies, rules and game terms delivered in quick informational bites.

1) Blackjack: Play ‘Dealer must stand on ALL 17’s tables.

2) Best: single deck tables, no double down restrictions. Re-splitting and surrender allowed.

3) You only have to beat the dealer: you can win with a 13 or 14 hand and a dealer bust.

4) Master the hit/stand strategies and true count system for card counting.

5) Snag the third base seat to survey all the cards on the table before your decision.

6) Watch for dealer ‘tells’. Signs that can give away hands.

7) Don’t take Insurance.

8) Don’t play blackjack at a table where player’s blackjack pays 6-5 or even money.

Stick with the standard 3 to 2 payout.

9) Pass up blackjack tables that utilize a continuous shuffling machine where cards are returned to the shuffler after each round.

10) A Quick Tip Blackjack Strategy follows:

Your Hand against Dealer Upcard (D)

12 to 16: (D) stand on 2 to 6, hit on 7 to ace

17 to 21: (D) stand

10 or 11: (D) double down on 2 to 9

Soft 13 to 17: (D) hit except double down on 5, 6

Soft 18 to 21: (D) stand except double down on soft 18 and 5, 6

2,2; 3,3; 6,6; 7,7; 9,9: (D) split on 2 to 7 but stand on 9,9 against a 7.

5,5; 10,10: never split

8,8; A,A: always split

Blackjack Terms:

Action: Blackjack or 21 is a game where the player’s goal is to get closer than the dealer to 21 without going over. Blackjack pays 3 to 2 or $3 for every $2 bet.

Anchor: Player to the right of the dealer receiving the last card. Aka Third Base.

Burn Cards: number of cards casino discards at the beginning of a new shuffle.

Bust/Busted: Total count is over 21. This is a losing hand even if the dealer also busts.

All players whose count is less than 21 win if the Dealer Busts.

Double Down or Doubling Down: Doubling the bet before being dealt one additional card. Blackjack rule for Doubling Down is that the player receives only one card after a DD decision. Player may bet up to his/her original bet, but not more and places this second bet behind the original bet. Some casinos allow Double Down only with a count of 10 or 11.

Five-Card Charlie: 5-card Blackjack that totals 21 or less.

Hard Hand: a hand that does not include an ace.

Hit: dealt additional card(s) to the 2 cards already dealt originally. Aka Draw, Draw Card or Hit Card. The decision to hit is indicated by a sweeping motion on the felt by the player or tapping the felt in a Face Up game.

Hole Card: Dealer’s card dealt face down.

Multiple Decks: four or more decks played in a game, always dealt face up.

Paint: Term for face cards-Jack, Queen and King.

Push: same count as the dealer or a tie. No money is exchanged, you don’t win or lose.

Soft Hand: a hand that includes an ace in first two cards dealt. It has two values, depending on whether you use the ace as 1 or 11. A five and an ace would be 6 or 16.

Split or Splitting Pairs: splitting a matched pair to play separately. The extra bet is placed on one of the split cards. If a third like card is dealt, that too can be split based on casino rules.

Stiff Hand: a potential bust hand, such as a 13 or 14. Also, a hard 15 or 16.

Surrender: Choose surrender after receiving first two cards and you lose only 50% of the bet.

Toke: Tip to the Dealer.

Twenty-One: Term for the game of Blackjack.

If you play blackjack with poor strategy or instinct, you give the casino an advantage of over 5%.

A final Quick Tip: I suggest you print out this Blackjack mini-education for future use.

By: Gayle Mitchell

About the Author:

Gayle Mitchell and a team of gaming pros teach lessons for Learn To Play Blackjack program at the Free learning center, Gambling Teachers.com

GamblingTs, Learn to Win programs and blog include 300+ lessons for all casino & skill games taught by professional gamblers. Another popular stop at GT is Learn to Play Craps


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