When it comes to gambling it is true enough that the odds are in the house’s favour at any casino, however, there are some games where that advantage is not as great, particularly if the player uses a little strategy. This is certainly the case with Black Jack where a little knowledge can improve the odds of winning and make the game even more enjoyable.

Also, never split 5’s because it would be better to Double Down on the 10 and take one more card for a better probability as opposed to a 5 where a face card or 10 will leave you at 15 and that’s a bad spot to be in. Some other times when it is wise to Double Down are if a player is showing a 10 and the Dealer is showing a 9 or less, or on a 9 count showing with the Dealer showing a 2-8. Many good players will also Double Down on an 11 count when the Dealer is showing an Ace or a 10. Remember to always split two Aces because together that’s ether a 2 or a 12 but separate that’s two hands showing 11, much better odds. A good rule of thumb is to split 2’s and 3’s when the Dealer is showing a 4-7 and, if the Dealer is showing a 3-6 then split your 6’s. Only split 9’s if the Dealer has a 2-6, an 8 or 9 but, not on a 7 or a 10. Never split those 4’s, 5’s, or 10’s. One last good policy is to always stick at 17 or higher and always take a hit at 12-16 if the Dealer is showing a 7 or higher. These tips will at lest help even the odds and make playing even more fun!

The basics of how to play can be learned easily enough and it really is an exciting and fun game. For the beginner it is as simple as learning, Get 21 with out going over 21 and be closer to it than the dealer who is trying to do the same thing with real money blackjack. Cards 2-10 are worth their face value, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10, and Aces are worth a 1 or 11.

This game has it’s origins in 1700’s France where it was called Vingt En Un meaning, ..you guessed it, 21. One reason for it’s popularity is that it doesn’t cost so much to play as compared to other card games like Poker or Baccarat. Usually, a Casino will offer a $5.00 chip minimum to play a hand.

There you have it in a nut shell but, now comes some Blackjack strategy! The experienced player will learn about when to split a hand, when to double down, when to stick, and when to take a hit. Some tips on which most professional players agree are as follows. Never split two 10’s because that hand is 20 and the only hand the dealer can beat it with is a 21 so here you would want stick and odds will be a win. Always split two 8’s because that total is 16 and that is a poor hand and dangerous to take a hit on but, with two 8’s the chance is better to build a hand with a face card and make an 18 on at least one of them or at maybe a better than 16 on both of them.


Jonas Ulseth