If you’re interested in blackjack and want to bet real money when playing the game, it is important to understand the basics before anything else. It will be easier to craft out strategies and systems that will work and might get you a good chance at winning when you have a good understanding of the game, its rules, how it is played, and how it is won.
Once you have mastered the basics of the game, it is time you learn about simple strategies that might help you win. No, they do not need to be ultra-complex, but understanding when to use them and which hands they will be most advantageous will help increase your winning odds.
If you have a hard hand of 8 or lower, make sure to just hit. Avoid busting if this is your hand. If you happen to hold a three and six or any of the other nine count numbers, make sure to double down if your dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 on his up card. If not, make sure to hit.
Dealer is also considered the weakest when he has a 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. Beyond that, any up card he has will be considered as highly winnable.
For ten-counts, make sure to double down if your dealer has an up card of 2 to 9. If the dealer shows an ace or a 10 card, make sure to hit. If you have a hand that totals to 11, make sure to double if your dealer is showing a card with a value of 2 to 10. If he has an up card that is Ace, make sure to hit. If you have 12, you may be in a weak spot but it is not totally impossible. If your dealer shows a 3 or a 2, go for a hit. If your dealer is showing 4, 5, or 6 make sure to stand and pray that the dealer will bust.
Always treat a hard hand with a value of 13, 14, 15 or 16 just the same. With a hand like this, be sure to stand especially if the dealer is showing a card of 2 to 6 and make sure to hit if the dealer’s card is showing a 7, 8, 9, a 10-card or an Ace. It can be psychologically tough when you have 16 showing. However, if your dealer shows 8 on his up card, it usually means that you have lost. This may be a good time for you to signal to the dealer to just hit you.
If your luck is high and you got dealt cards that total to 17 all the way through 21, make sure to stand. You can start counting your winnings in this case.
In terms of doubling down, remember that this is a very important tool that players should make the most of when the situation calls for it.
While there is no assurance that you can expect a win for every instance that you will utilize it. However, you will likely gain more wins instead of losses. Also, take the time to carefully study when are the best times you can maximize its use.