Strategy for Beginners: Blackjack

Blackjack can be intimidating, especially for a beginner. But there is a simple strategy that consists of just five rules of thumb. You have these so that you are well preparing for the blackjack table.Some of these rules may seem counter intuitive. Nevertheless, these have been extensively calculated mathematically. Would you play millions of games of blackjack in this way, the house edge of the casino would be only 0.7 percent.In comparison, the average blackjack player loses about 3 to 4 percent of their total bet on average . So this blackjack strategy is going to make you money. Very important in a good blackjack strategy is the first card drawn by the bank, the ‘dealer card’.

If the bank has an Ace or a ten (or face), it is unfavorable for the players. The chance that the bank will buy itself to death is then small. Much more likely, the bank will end up with a high number of points or even a blackjack.If the bank has a low card (2 to 6), that is favorable for the players. In that case, the bank has a relatively high chance of buying itself to death.The five simple rules of thumb are based on this principle. For example You have an Ace and a 7, so 8 or 18 points.

Normally you would always pass with 18 points. But with Ace-7 you can buy a card without the risk of dying.If you get an additional 10, you are again at 18 and you pass. If you get a small card (Ace, 2, 3) then you have got a better hand and therefore more chance of winning. The chance that you will get a 10 or a small card is quite high: 54 percent together.If you get a middle card (4-9), there is not much going on yet. You then continue to play according to the first rule of thumb.

This is the easiest rule of thumb.Insurance is never a good choice. Even if you have 19 or 20 points yourself – your own hand doesn’t matter.You also never choose even money when you have a blackjack and the bank an Ace.Of the 13 possible cards that the bank gets to the Ace, four are worth 10 points: King, Queen, Jack and 10. The chance is therefore 4/13 that the bank will get blackjack. That is 30.8 percent.Suppose you originally wagered $ 10. The insurance then costs 5 euros. If the bank has blackjack, the insurance pays 15 euros (2 to 1).