Blackjack Tips

Blackjack is the most popular table game in the casino. It is simple to play and also offers a potentially low house advantage if you play the game optimally. The house advantage in a game of blackjack starts at 5.5%, however by following some simple blackjack tips and strategies you can reduce the house edge down to as low as 0.5%. So learn these tips to make your starting bankroll last longer and enjoy the game more.

Choosing a Blackjack Table

There are a number of factors to take into account when choosing a blackjack table to play at. Firstly look at your bankroll. The minimum and maximum bet for each table is displayed on the table so take note of this information.

You should choose a table where the maximum bet is no more than 5% of your total bankroll. Next, look at the rules of the table. Choose a table where the dealer is required to stand on a soft 17, where you are able to double down on any two cards and where you are allowed the option of surrender (early surrender is a bonus). Lastly, you can look at the overall feel of the table. A friendly dealer can do a lot to enhance your enjoyment and serious players will make sure that the maximum number of hands is played in a short amount of time. Our favorite online casino software is the Real Time Gaming platform.

Basic Blackjack Strategy Tips

Always remember that the primary aim of the game of blackjack is to beat the dealer. Getting as close to 21 as possible without going bust is also important, but unless you beat the dealer, it will all be for nothing. It is therefore very important to know the rules for when the dealer is required to stand and when to hit and to plan your strategy around that. If you would like to learn more in-dept strategy than the tips below, please read our advanced blackjack strategy guide.

Always stand if the value of your hand is 12 or higher and the dealer’s up-card is four, five or six.

Always hit if the value of your hand is less than 17 if the dealer’s up-card is an eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King or Ace.

If the table rules allow you to double down, do so on a hand total of nine or a soft 13 to 17 if the dealer’s up-card is a four, five or six.

Always split two Aces. Always split sevens or eights if the dealer’s up-card is equal or lower. Always split twos or threes if the dealer’s up-card is a four, five or six. Never split tens, face cards or fives.

Insurance is not a safe bet for the player and it is better to stay away from it. If you have been card counting, you may choose to place this bet if you are sure of what cards remain.

General Etiquette in Blackjack

Do not be boisterous or rowdy at the table – it distracts the other players and reduces the number of hands that can be played in any given time.

Tip the dealer approximately every twenty hands. If you place the tip in front of your betting area it will act as a side bet and if you win the hand, the dealer’s tip will be doubled.