Learning how to win at blackjack takes time and lots of practice. After all, it is a card game. Blackjack is more of a game of mathematics and statistics than chance. So, itís not a good idea to play on hunches. The best way to win at blackjack is to play a basic strategy or ďsystemĒ that works best for you under all situations.
Where to Play
Where to play is important. If youíre playing in a casino, find a table where you can be comfortable and the atmosphere is fun. Playing next to mean spirited people or drunks can be distracting and take away from your focus.
Three Simple Strategies
Knowing the best way to play a hand gives a player the best chance to win on a consistent basis. The simplest strategy is to never bust. A good way to avoid that is to abstain from hitting on anything lower than a twelve. Another strategy is assuming that the dealerís downcard is always a ten and playing to beat what you assume the dealerís hand to be. Another popular strategy is playing by the dealerís rule, hitting on 16 or less and standing on 17 or more.
A More Involved System
A more complex strategy that breaks down every possibility and tells you exactly what to do in each situation requires the use of charts. These charts are very detailed and easy to follow. The left column shows the playerís hand and the top row shows the dealerís card. The middle columns tell you how to play each situation through use of color coded symbols. There are different charts for soft hands and hard hands. Not only do they cover every hand combination, but they tell you when to split and when to double down.
Basic Blackjack Table Layout
Blackjack table is a semi-circle that has enough room for five to seven players. It is traditionally covered in green felt and always has the casino logo printed on it. Standard tables are three feet by five feet. Itís important to pay attention to the writing on the table, which describes the pay out, what total the dealer will stand on and what the insurance pays.
From the Playerís Perspective
For the player, the table is equipped with a drink and chip holder. There are little circles in front of each player to place their betting chips. Once a chip is placed down, it cannot be touched again. The seat to the far left of the dealer is known as first base and the seat to the far right of the dealer is known as third base. These are good terms to know when you want to feel like a big shot in front of the other players.