How to Make Proper Adjustments With European Blackjack Strategy

February 8, 2013

 

There are hundreds of different rule variations in blackjack, if not thousands, and it can be tricky to keep up with them all. However, being a good blackjack player is all about learning how to play the best that you can against different types of rules. Since European blackjack has started to become very popular in certain types of online casinos, chances are you will run into this game at some point in your career. Most European blackjack games will have a house advantage of about 0.62 percent if you play very well.

The major feature of European blackjack is that the dealer does not peek for a blackjack if he or she holds a ten or an ace. This means that you're going to lose more bets on average whenever your opponent has a ten or an ace because you'll get caught splitting or doubling against blackjacks. If your dealer was to peek for blackjack ahead of time, then you wouldn't have ever gotten a chance to make the extra bets that come along with doubling and splitting. What this means is that your major strategy adjustments are going to be to playing against tens and aces. Otherwise, the game plays much like a normal game where the dealer stands on a soft 17.

When you have a hard hand, which will be the majority of the time, you're always going to hit with any total that is less than 17. If you have a total of 17 or more, then you'll stand. This makes hard hand strategy extremely easy since you don't have to remember any complicated doubling rules with nines, tens or elevens against a dealer ten or ace. With soft hands, you're going to hit on hands that are a total of 17 or less. When you have 19 or more, you're always going to stand. However, if you have an 18, you have a decision to make. You should hit against nines, tens and aces, and you should stand against eights and lower.

Learning the correct strategies against tens and aces is easy to do, but it's something that most people simply aren't aware of in European blackjack. This allows online casinos to get an advantage of up to five percent instead of 0.5 percent, and that's a huge difference. Use these simple guidelines above and you'll maximize your chances of winning in European blackjack.