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5. Tips For Blackjack

Tips for Novice Blackjack Players

Blackjack is a great game for casino novices. This is because the game is easy to learn and it has relatively few rules. The premise of this game is to place a bet that you will be able to build a Blackjack hand that is closer 21 points than the dealer's hand. To accomplish this you draw cards until your hand total is as close to 21 points as possible without going over. However, while the premise of this game is very simple, there are a few tricks that you can use that will help you to minimize your losses and that will also help you to maximize your winnings.

Know How to Play the Game

The first tip for good blackjack players is to know how to play the game before you approach a blackjack table, be it an online Blackjack table or a live Blackjack table. You should know the rules of the game, how to calculate the value of your Blackjack hand, and you should know how to bet. All of these Blackjack basics can be learned online at one of the many online casinos that offer this game, at any one of hundreds of Blackjack information websites, or offline via a Blackjack instructional guide.

Know When to Take Insurance

The issue of requesting insurance during a Blackjack game is widely debated. Some Blackjack players say to take it whenever the dealer's upcard is an Ace, while others say that this is a useless strategy. If you don't know whether you should take out insurance when the dealer has an Ace you probably shouldn't. Just play the game normally.

Know When to Split Your Pairs

One of the common terms used in Blackjack is splitting pairs. If your opening hand is a pair then many strategy books suggest that you split your hand into two separate hands that you play independently of each other. This option is probably good advice if you have lower valued pairs, however, if you have a high valued pair you probably should just keep them together and play them as they are. For example if you have a pair of threes your opening hand is worth six points. This is a very low starting value and this hand can be easily split without hurting your chances of winning. However, if you have a pair of nines, tens, Jacks, Queens, or Kings your opening score will be 18 or 20 points. These high scores are good enough to win in most cases so splitting your hand doesn't make much sense. On the other hand if you have a high valued pair and the dealer's upcard is a ten point card or an Ace you may want to consider splitting to increase your chances at Blackjack, as the dealer could possibly have Blackjack which would beat your 18 points of 20 points. Again this is up to you.