Although the table above is fairly self-explanatory, let us summarize the main points:
- If the dealer’s visible card is a 6 or a lower value card, stay on your game if you total 12 points.
- Draw a new card until you get a score greater than or equal to 17.
- Draw a new card if you have an ace and a 6 and stay on your game if you have an ace and a 7 (or a higher value card).
- Double if your cards total 10 or 11 points.
- Always separate pairs of aces and pairs of 8s.
- Separate the pairs of 7 if the dealer’s visible card is a 7 (or a card of lesser value).
- Don’t take blackjack insurance.
Four key strategic tips in blackjack
Certain guidelines will also allow you to make a difference during the course of the game. Memorize them and make good use of them!
Let the dealer jump!
If the dealer’s visible card is a 4, a 5 or a 6, there is no point in drawing another card unless you have a flexible hand (a hand with which you don’t risk jumping if you draw a card. additional). The cards listed above offer the dealer a good chance to jump. They place him in a highly uncomfortable situation. On many occasions, you will be tempted to split or double your hand in the hope of getting a bigger gain if you sense that the dealer is going to jump.
Keep your hands rigid!
Do not take the reckless risk of drawing a new card if the value of your hand is 17 points or more because by doing so, your chances of jumping would be very high. If the dealer ‘s hidden card were to be a face or an ace, it is obvious that your hand worth 17 points is quite uncomfortable, but it is better to end in a potential tie than to make a suicidal decision.
Always split aces and 8s, never 10s!
Professional player Mike Caro once claimed that in blackjack, ‘aces are bigger than life.’ The ace alone is a powerful card, but a pair of aces is only worth 12 points. Always separate them from having the possibility of doing twice 21! Two 8’s total 16 points, one of the worst scores ever. Separating them will potentially allow you to get two hands worth 18 points, significantly more powerful hands. On the other hand, never separate the 10. The 10 is an excellent basic card, but a hand of 20 points is much too powerful than to try the devil.
Never take out insurance!
If the dealer’s visible card is an ace, you will be able to take out insurance. You will be able to place a complimentary bet whose value is twice less than the initial bet. If the dealer gets a blackjack, the additional bet will have a odds of 2 to 1. Taking out insurance is a poor choice that will only increase the house’s profit margin.