In case of insurance bets, the player is more likely to lose the bet as the chances of dealer ending up in blackjack in only one in three times. It is advised to stand when the player has less than seventeen and dealer has a value of six hand value or below.
It is advised not to split cards of value of tens or fives; split eights or sevens always with the dealer’s equal value or lower value cards; also advised to split aces always
Double may be adopted when the dealer’s card value add up to below ten and the player gets a value equal to ten or if the player value is less than eighteen with a soft ace. The player is advised not to stand when the value is so small that the chances of bust is not possible by adding any value card.
All casino’s usually have a standard strategy card for beginners which act as a ready reckoner and helps the player to choose the strategy. Correct usage of the strategy card shall help the player to decide on the move to choose and minimize the wrong hands.
Always consider tipping the dealer so that the dealer has a soft corner and best interests towards you.
Never split two 5’s – Two 5’s give you a value of 10. You can double down and ask for one card to stand a chance to get closer to 21. If you spilt two 5’s you are making a bad decision.
Spilt two 8’s –Two 8’s make a 16, which is always a worst hand. If you spilt two 8’s you stand a better chance of at least one winning hand. In case you draw two 10’s you make two 18’s which is a chance to win both the hands.
Never spilt to 10’s – This is an excellent hand with tow 10’s giving you a value of 20, which can be only be beaten if the dealer gets 21 which is very hard to get. You have a winning hand dealt out to you with two 10’s.
When to double down?
- If your count is 11, double down if dealer has 10 or Ace.
- If your count is 10 and dealer’s shows 9 or less.
- If your count is 9 and dealer gets 2 to 8.
- Definitely double down if you have a 9 and dealer has 4, 5 or 6.
- If your count is soft 13 or soft 14 and the dealer has a 5 or 6.
- If your count is soft 15 or soft 16 and the dealer has a4, 5 or 6.
- If your count is soft 17 or soft 18 and the dealer has 3to 6.
- Stand if you have 17 or higher.
- Stand if you have 12 to 16 and dealer has 2 to 6.
- Hit if you have 12 to 16 and the dealer has 7 or higher.
- Always draw if you need to soft 17 or less.
- Only draw if you want soft 18 and the dealer has 8, 9 or 10.
Doubling down is a great method to gain an edge over the house, so think wisely before you decide to use this strategy.
More on splitting strategy to Play and Win Blackjack
- Always spilt pair of 8’s which gives you 16 and is considered the worst hand.
- Spilt Aces as you get either 2 or 12, which on splitting becomes 11.
- Don’t spilt 4, 5 and 10.
- Spilt 2 and 3 if the dealer holds 4 to 7.
- Spilt your 6 if the dealer holds 3 to 6.
- Spilt your 7 if the dealer holds 3 to 7.
- Spilt your 9 if the dealer holds 2 to 6, 8 or 9.
Don’t lose focus and don’t make haste, and do not even give in to pressure. Remember that you are playing for money as well as have some fun.