|Everybody knows blackjack. Or everybody thinks
On the surface the game is simple: Get two
cards, try and get 21 without busting
make money. But card players that have been
around the felt a few times know that the game can go much deeper than that. And
theyll also be quick to remind you of this if youre playing at their table.
Blackjack isnt simply a game of close your eyes
and pray; there are elements of the game that make it one of the most strategic of
all casino activities.
So if youre looking to bring more luck to
your table game, weve got some tips:
Know When to Double Down
We cant get that Swingers scene out of our head: Vince Vaughn nags the hell out of
Jon Favreau to double down on 11 at a $100 table in Vegas because You got an 11 you
always double down on 11, baby. Favreau loses, but Vaughn was 100 percent correct.
You always double down on 11
But that isnt the only time, and knowing when to
double down will give you the cash boost you need when playing. Try to keep up here:
If your cards equal nine double down if the dealer has 3
thru 6. If your cards equal ten double down if the dealer has 2 thru 9. If you have an ace
and a two or three double down if the dealer has 5 or 6. If you have an ace and a four or
five double down if the dealer has four thru six. If you have an ace and a six double down
if the dealer has three thru six. If the dealer doesnt have the cards listed above,
Not the easiest set of rules to remember but if you get
these down your luck - aka bankroll - will rise.
Know Where You Stand
Most newbies in the blackjack world hit when the cards are low and stand when they have a
20. But there are more obvious opportunities than that. Players should stand on 12 when
the dealers upcard is four thru six, and stand on 13 to 16 if the dealers
upcard is two thru six. We know anything less than a 17 will have you itching to tap your
finger on the table (or mouse) but resist the urge, itll pay off. If these
opportunities dont arise hit like youre Ike Turner.
Know When to Do the Splits
Some players think if they get any pair besides one that equals 10 or 20, they should
split em. Those people would be wrong. Buckle up, this could get confusing:
Split twos only if the dealers upcard is three thru
seven, threes only if the upcard is four thru seven, and hit - dont split - fours.
Split sixes if the upcard is two thru six, sevens if the upcard is two thru seven, eights
if the upcard is two thru nine, and nines if the upcard is two thru six, eight, and nine.
Still here? Great! As for aces, only hit if the dealers upcard is an ace, otherwise
split like a Chinese gymnast.