Playing blackjack is a great way to have fun in your spare time but most players play to make money. Blackjack gives players the best chance of winning of all the casino games available, online or otherwise.
The house edge or casino’s advantage is virtually non-existent if you play the most advantageous form of online blackjack and stick to using Basic Strategy. By playing using the strategy set forth, the house edge is lowered to almost a non-existent percentage.
What is Basic Strategy?
Basic strategy is the mathematically proven optimum way of playing blackjack and tells you exactly what call to make in any given situation. Some of the things may appear counter-intuitive but the fact is that if Basic Strategy says “jump”, the smart blackjack player politely asks “how high?”
Learning and remembering Basic Strategy is not an easy task but thankfully there are handy guides that tell you exactly what to do depending on your cards and what the dealer has. When playing online it’s easy to refer to these charts and check whether you should hit or not on that three to the dealer’s two or if you should be splitting those nines.
What are the Fundamentals of Basic Strategy?
Playing online and referring to a Basic Strategy guide is really easy but if you’d prefer to play without checking you should at least be aware of the most central tenets that should steer you much closer to a zero house edge than just following your gut or following one of the various bad strategies (such as matching the dealer or staying whenever you could bust).
The simplest thing to remember is that if the dealer has a seven or up, you just keep hitting until you have 17 or above. If he’s showing a seven you have to hit on 16, even if you don’t want to! Okay, you’ll probably bust but if you don’t take a card the dealer probably wins anyway.
The next fundamental is to always stay whenever the dealer has a four, five or six or when the dealer has a three or a two unless you have a 12. No hitting on 12 if the dealer has four, five or six because, more than half the time, they’re going to bust anyway.
In addition, never split 10s, always split aces and eights and always double on 11 (even to an ace). If you follow these simple rules you’ll find your online blackjack sessions are longer and a whole lot more fun… not to mention profitable!