Blackjack is reputed to be the most popular casino game in the world. This is probably due to the fact that blackjack or twenty one is the easiest game to understand and play, with the main objective being to have cards totaling twenty one or nearer to this than what the banker has.
The game, as it played in casinos, is usually played with several decks (anywhere from two to eight decks) of cards mixed together. The dealer initially gives each player (up to eight players can play) two cards, face up. Each player take turns deciding what action to take. A player can decide to stand or take no action, to hit or ask for more cards until he feels his cards are stronger than the dealer’s, or get bust (where the player has asked for one hit too many, and his cards total more than twenty one).
There are hundreds of tips and strategies that have been developed to help one get better chances of winning in this game. Statistics actually show that one is likely to win 47% of the time in blackjack. Some of the basic tips offered are to never copy the moves of the dealer, and never vent out one’s anger, frustration, or discontent on the dealer.
It is also better to sit in the middle of the playing table or to the right-hand side of the dealer. This is supposed to give one a better view of the cards that are dealt, especially since the dealer starts with the player on his left-hand side. There are side bets available in this game, and if one were a beginner and not good at card counting (in fact do not count cards unless one has really mastered it), then it is best not to take the so-called blackjack insurance. Insurance is a side bet that can be done when a dealer has an ace, and the bet is that the dealer will get a blackjack.
One basic strategy that a beginner blackjack player can learn is the single deck strategy. This strategy is based on mathematical computations and it shows what the proper play one should make when given or dealt a particular hand. Although this strategy is not fool proof it is able to lessen the casino house’s advantage of winning. But that is only if one is able to learn the charts inside and out and memorize them by heart.
The chart for the single deck strategy basically outlines the different actions that should be done when faced with the different combinations of hard totals, soft totals, and pair splitting. A hard total is a hand where there are no aces or the aces that are dealt are counted as one. A soft total is a hand where the ace is counted as eleven. Pair splitting is where one splits cards with similar values and plays them as separate hands. The actions can either be a hit (H), a stand (S), a split (P), or a double (D).