How to Play Blackjack at MyBookie
Blackjack is a simple but exciting and fun card game where you and other players compete against the house to see who can win.
The game begins with the placing of your bet, and then in modern shoe blackjack, you are dealt two cards face up, whereas the dealer shows only one.
You must then make your decision based on your hand and what the dealer has. You can hit, which means you want to take another card or stay if you think your hand is good enough or you'd rather take the chance that the dealer will bust.
If you have a total of ten or eleven you might double down, which means you take exactly one more card and double your bet at the same time.
One good approach to playing blackjack is to use basic strategy. Basic strategy tells you the “right” (according to mathematical expectation) move based on any initial player hand against any dealer up card.
For example, 9 v 6 is a double, and 15 v T is a hit (or a surrender). By using the basic strategy you can minimize the house edge and maximize your chances to win.
It is important to consider the exact blackjack rules. For example, if you go to a blackjack table and blackjack pays 6:5 instead of 3:2, you shouldn't play, because this increases the house edge by a significant amount.
Other rules, like whether the dealer hits or stands on soft seventeen, can also increase or decrease the house edge but also change basic strategy. In a blackjack game where the dealer hits on soft seventeen (H17), it becomes a basic strategy to double A8 v 6, but in a game where the dealer stands on soft seventeen, standing becomes the right play.
Another factor can be the surrender rule. If you have a really bad hand, like 16 v T, you can take advantage of surrender where it is available. When you surrender you give up the hand immediately and receive half your bet back. This is a pretty bad result, so make sure to use it only in the very worst case situations, like 16 v T or 16 v A. You also want to surrender more frequently in an H17 game.
Once you have mastered the basic strategy, you can move on to counting cards. Unlike dice, which have no memory, a blackjack shoe composition changes as the cards are dealt, and this means the odds of the game change as well. If an excess of low cards is played, then the remaining competition of the shoe will be richer in tens and aces, and this is advantageous for the player because you will be able to land more of your double downs and because the payout for blackjack is asymmetrical. Counting cards is a good way to tip the odds in your favor and even beat the house.
Blackjack is a great game; it takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Its simplicity and entertainment value has earned it the title of the world's most popular card game. Now that you have read this blackjack article, you are better positioned to give it a shot, but please do play responsibly and never risk more than you can afford to lose.