Blackjack is one of the more popular card games. A game between just the dealer and the player, each person is dealt just two cards, with the aim being to reach but not exceed a value of 21. This value can be reached with the initial two cards, or if the cards are low enough, a third card can be drawn to increase the total. Surpassing the number 21 results in a bust, but wins can be made at lower than the value of 21 as long as the player’s value is higher than that of the dealer.

Strategies

Whilst blackjack may appear to be a relatively simple game, there are in fact a large number of strategies, including the most famous card counting option that can significantly increase a player’s chances of winning. The basic rules of Blackjack though come down to a few simple moves – knowing when to split, buy insurance, hit or double down. Knowing when to perform any of these (buying insurance is generally a no) can greatly improve a player’s edge in a game that is already in the player’s favour. There are a large number of strategy tables to be found online and new players can spend good time simply reading through them and learning them by heart.

Don’t Lose Your Head

Whilst blackjack is a game of chance, there are other aspects that players learn that will increase their odds. Simply knowing the rules, having a strategy and playing with brains are simple ways to get an edge. Playing drunk, angry or sad will affect judgment and can result in poor choices. In accordance with this it is very important that players remain level headed during play, no matter what the outcomes, in order to make the most rational decisions.

Being familiar with these basics should result in an instant increase in wins, though of course this can’t be guaranteed.