Blackjack Strategy

When it comes to blackjack strategy there are a few ways you can go. The most commonly used is the blackjack basic strategy and blackjack card counting. Through our segment on blackjack strategy and our blackjack spreadsheet chart you would be able to develop into a good player in no time.

There is no “one way” to play blackjack that is the best way. There are however a few basic strategies that you can follow to make your chances of winning better at both land based and online casinos.

The most basic thing you need to know is that it is usually not wise drawing another card when you have reached a total of 16. The reason for this is that the chances of you getting a card dealt to you that doesn’t push your total over 21, is very slim. There is however exceptions to this rule based on what card was dealt to the dealer.

The most commonly used basic strategy is based on a strategy that was devised when different possibilities of hands that could be dealt was run through one of the first PC’s developed to test its mathematical capabilities and logic.

We will discuss the basic strategy shortly, but at this time I must mention the ever popular “card counting” that most people interested in blackjack, must have heard of. This is not the same thing, but we will be discussing both.

You would notice in most online casinos and land based casinos that the dealer stands on 17. There are some exceptions to this, but this is as rare as honest politicians. The strategy is based on the casinos where the dealer stands on 17.

I have put the table into a spreadsheet to show you how this can be played. The letters in the blocks match up to the key table below the block:

Blackjack Strategy Chart

  • H = Hit
  • S = Stand
  • D = Double if allowed, otherwise hit
  • D/S = Double if allowed, otherwise stand
  • Sp = Split
  • H/Sp = Split if allowed to double after a split, otherwise hit
  • Su/H = Surrender if allowed, otherwise hit

If you follow this strategy you would be able to cut down the house advantage substantially and have much more playing time at casinos. So keep this sheet with the basic strategy handy when playing online and learn it by heart for when you want to go and play at land based casinos.

Bad Ideas Live Blackjack

When you play you must never try and mimic someone else play. This will only lead to confusion and will more often than not result in you losing more often than winning. Many players have their own outlook on how to play poker and it is difficult to copy this accurately without first going down more money than is necessary.

Card Counting:

The idea of card counting is regularly glorified in movies with players (Rain Man to mention one) and mastering card counting is not as easy as it looks. In order for you to accurately count cards you need to first of all follow a basic strategy and then in your head do a few calculations on what the possible outcomes are depending on the amount of decks used in the specific game. The comparison of the possibilities of cards that could be dealt based on what is already on the table is beyond most people’s ability.

If you try counting cards at a land-based casino you would be found out more often than not as dealers are very alert to any tactics like this that might be used by players. The bad news that goes with this is that your advantage against the house is not far greater if you are able to count cards accurately. In conclusion I must therefore advise that your best course of action would be to learn the basic strategy well and to stay away form most other possible tactics that you find out there.