A Quick and Easy Way to Learn to Play Blackjack

November 30, 2012


As the most popular casino card game in the world, blackjack is one game that online casino players will really want to know how to play. There is a lot of strategy involved in the game, and it can take hours and hours of study to learn how to play perfectly. The better you play, the lower the house advantage gets and the better the chances are that you book a winning session. Not everyone has a huge chunk of time to devote to learning to play a card game, so we're going to give you a quick and easy guide to blackjack that will have you playing very well in a short amount of time.

Let's start with the card types for the dealer. If the dealer has a Two through Six, then he or she is weak. If the dealer's card is a Seven through Ace, then the dealer is strong. With that in mind, let's look at playing hard hands. Hard hands are hands that do not include an Ace that can count as an 11. If you have a hard total of less than eight, then you should always hit. Double with a hard nine when the dealer is weak, and hit when the dealer is strong. Double hard total of 10 or 11 if you have a higher total than the dealer's card's value. Stand with a hard 12 through 16 if you are against a weak card, and hit if you are not. Finally, you should always stand with a hard total of 17 or more.

With soft hands that have a total of 15 or less, always hit. Soft totals of 16 through 18 against a weak dealer card should double, and they should hit otherwise. All soft totals of 19 or more should always stand. Soft hands are fairly easy to learn to play, and you make a lot of money with them because you can play them pretty aggressively.

When you have paired cards, you need to learn when to split and when to play them like a normal hard hand. Never split Fours, Fives or Tens, but always split Aces and Eights. With Twos, Threes, Sixes, Sevens and Nines, you should only split if you are facing a weak dealer card. Otherwise, play the totals as you would normally if they were a typical hand with a hard total. If you play according to this strategy, you won't be playing perfectly all of the time, but you'll be playing very well.