Blackjack is an extremely popular table game, and not only because it’s one of the games that allow you to influence the outcome of every hand. With many table games, such as Roulette or Craps, the player can only guess at the best possible outcome, and the winning roll or spin is pure chance. Blackjack is a game of numbers and odds, and if you play carefully and understand the odds, you can improve your game.
Let have a look at how Blackjack is played and the limitations of the dealer. There are only 52 cards in a deck and, no matter how many decks a casino chooses to use for a game, there is still a limited amount of possible combinations that can come up when trying to reach the magical number of 21. While you, as the player, have all the freedom to choose your move, to hit or stand, or even to split or double down, the dealer is limited to the cards in front of him. In addition to that, most games see the dealer stick at 17, and draw on any hand totalling under 12. This definitely limits the type of game the dealer can play for the house.
However, bear in mind that the reasons the house has those rules is because they have proven to be the most successful strategies, and maintain the very minimal house advantage. In fact, the majority of the money that the house makes from a game of Blackjack is from players taking risky moves and losing. So pay a little attention to the dealer and you may save yourself from some losses.
There are some concrete good tips though. For example, never split up two tens. A hand that totals 20 is an excellent one and could well be your ticket to a win. Splitting them up opens the door to the possibility of two losing hands.
On the other hand, always split up two eights. Sixteen is a terrible total to have in a Blackjack hand. It’s too low to give good odds on a win, and too high to risk another card. On the same topic, don’t split your 5s. A total of 10 is a good start to ask for another card, but by splitting them, you increase the odds of having two low hands.
If you use these tips, you stand a decent chance of winning when you play this intriguing card comparing game at River Belle.