A Blackjack Strategy

If there’s one casino game that constantly gets attention for being more than just a game of chance, it’s got to be blackjack. In fact, never in the history of casino games, has one game received so much attention for its capacity to bend ever so slightly to your will. Books have been written, movies have been made, and all in the name of showing blackjack to be that one game where you truly can have the upper hand. The real question that then of course comes into play – is any of this true? How to win on blackjack? What are the best techniques to play blackjack? And is any of this true in today’s more technologically driven climate of casino gaming? Well, we’re going to investigate the matter.

The Strategy Chart

To be quite honest, this is probably the best chance you have for the game of blackjack, be that in a land-based casino or for online blackjack. A strategy chart is a colour coordinated chart that showcases the dealer’s hands and your hands, and provides suggestions on what move you should pursue next. It’s not hard to get your hands on this chart either. Just do a search online and download it – Bob’s your uncle.

Is there a Difference when Playing Online?

This is a very valid question. After all, in a land-based casino you can see the card dispenser in front of your eyes whereby in an online environment you need to take the computers word that everything is being conducted ethically. The good news here of course is that online casinos have a lot to prove, even in today’s times when they’ve become quite commonplace. The thing is, there will always be cynical players and to ensure that these guys and girls come to the party, online casinos put themselves through severe scrutiny by having various external auditors make sure that ALL their games are running off a fully-functioning Random Number Generator. The other attribute you need to factor into consideration is the amount of decks in use. Some games use a single deck that gets reshuffled after each hand is dealt while others will use anything between 2 and 8 decks. So be aware of this and if possible, especially if you’re going to use a strategy, opt for a game with less decks.

General Tips to a Better Game

Below I’m going to point out a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to the game of blackjack. I feel it is worth noting that with the recent addition of live dealer casino games and more specifically, live dealer blackjack, the player spectrum for the implementation of strategy just got better. If you’re going to try out a strategy chart or try out card counting, then live dealer blackjack might be a good place to start.  Some of these tips might seem like common sense, but I believe that when it comes to playing a casino game, nothing should be taken for granted.

  • Always check the playing rules: Believe it or not, some players just start a game without bothering to become acquainted with the rules. This is an absolute rookie move. You need to understand the game. Not all online blackjack games are created equal so this makes it even more pressing to learn the rules. It’s not hard, and it’s something you can do by either reading up on or by learning hands-on by opting for practice play – an option available in all online casinos.
  • Basic Strategy is a must: Blackjack is a game of mathematics. If a dealer has a certain hand and you have another, it’s best you consult your basic strategy and this is available in various publications online. The basic strategy provides you with moves that can be advantageous to you. It looks at what the dealer plays and then makes a suggestion based on that hand.
  • Do not fall victim to the gambler’s fallacy: The gambler’s fallacy is a common trap for any player. Even I myself have fallen for this one when enjoying a round of online slots. The gambler’s fallacy dictates that when the pendulum swings one way, it will inevitably swing the other way. Put another way, the belief revolves around the idea that if you’re on a losing streak, you should just keep going because at some point it will all turn around and you’ll get what’s owed to you. Nothing could be further from the truth.