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Blackjack Guide

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino table games for a long time now.
Originated from France in the late 18th century, it soon spread all over the world. The game was initially called 21, but it was later referred to as blackjack, whenever a player’s first two cards dealt were a jack of spades along with an ace of spades. The aim of the game is to beat the dealer’s hand (house) by either getting a better hand, without exceeding 21, or by the dealer’s hand going bust. When player’s hand equals the dealer’s hand it is called a tie or push.

Prior to being dealt, players places their bets. Players and the dealer get 2 cards, but only 1 card of the dealer is visible. Players then have the option to get another card (hit), keep what they have (stand) or double their bet (double down). If the player has two cards of the same value they may separate them (split) and play the cards as two separate hands. Splitting cards requires an additional bet, equal to the original, to be made.

In the game, face cards (jacks, queens, kings) have a value of 10, aces are worth one or 11 (player’s choice) and all remaining cards are worth their face value.

Blackjack is considered one of the few casino games where the outcome can be influenced by player’s skills. Below we list the chance of going bust if you have a certain hand value:
21 – 100%
20 – 92%
19 – 85%
18 – 77%
17 – 69%
16 – 62%
15 – 58%
14 – 56%
13 – 39%
12 – 31%
11 or less – 0%

Some other useful tips are:

  1. never take insurance
  2. always stand hard 17 or higher
  3. always split aces

To maximize your odds, check the blackjack strategy table.
If you memorize and apply this table, you can easily increase your odds and therefore your chance on winning.

blackjack strategy table