Blackjack is such a simple game that it can sometimes cause a sense of amazement at the degree of attention it receives from the gambling public in terms of all the wagering systems that have been developed, all the strategies that are each touted as being more effective than any other and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of experts, who for a small fee, will reveal the secrets of playing blackjack and earning huge fortunes in short periods of time. There are plenty of Casinos that will give you free money to try out your luck before having to use your own money.
The rules are deceptively simple: draw cards to get as close to possible to 21 points without going over, whilst having a higher point total than the dealer. Any other players in the game with you, either at the table in a brick and mortar casino, or online, are not truly your opponents. True, you could have some impact on them and they on you in certain situations, but that is an integral and intrinsic aspect of the game.
Everyone does or should know the point value of the cards, so that will not be here discussed.
Beyond that, how does one go about becoming skilled at playing blackjack?
Yes, there is a certain amount of skill involved, mainly in knowing what to do in various situations, when to remain at a score close to but below 21 (stand), when to take a card (hit) or when to partake of any of the other strategies that increase your odds of success (double or split).
One of the first steps for a new player would be to gain possession of a blackjack strategy chart. This chart very simply and graphically tells you what play to make in every conceivable scenario.
For example, if you are sitting with cards that make your hand worth 12 points and the dealer has 3, you would hit, but if the dealer had 4, you would stand.
It gets more interesting as the total approaches 21 points. Almost all strategy charts advise standing when your total is 16 and the dealer is showing anything from 2 to 6 as an up card, but hitting if the dealer is showing 7 or better.
Did you catch that part about most ‘almost all’ strategy charts?
Yes, different charts recommend slightly different strategies.
Find a favourite chart, use it, and it will soon become second nature. Then, use the free bonus bets you received for signing on for some fun.