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How to play Blackjack - Beginners Blackjack Tips

If you're new to the game of online blackjack then there are a couple of important things to remember before you go hell for leather at the table. Blackjack isn't a game of luck; knowing How to play Blackjack, using developed blackjack strategies & blackjack tips will all give you an advantage over the house.

The casino or house has a 2%-3% advantage at the Blackjack table which believe it or not is pretty good given the house advantage over some of the other casino games. But, despite this low advantage, blackjack game tables are the second highest source of revenue for casinos. This seems a little strange - how exactly does a game with such good odds for players bring in so much revenue for the casino?

The answer is simple - players make too many mistakes, through arrogance, ignorance or plain errors. Because the odds are in the players favour, many tend to go out with a 'beat the house' attitude and end up losing instead. When enough people play this way the errors mount up and so does the casino revenue!

Black jack Strategies, Tips and Tricks

As a beginner you do not want to fall into this trap so remember these tips:

  • Find a table whose minimum is no more than 5% of you total stash - if you have £20 to play with then make sure that the minimum you can play with is £1 per hand.
  • Since the dealer has to hit (take a card) on any hand 16 or lower, you'll never win with less than 17 unless the dealer busts.
  • Take a hit on your hand below 17 when the dealer shows Ace, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8 or 7
  • If you are dealt two cards of the same value, you may "split" them, doubling your bet and playing two hands.
  • Never split 10's or 5's.
  • Always split 8's or 7's against a dealer's card of equal or lower value.

These are only meant as basic beginner tips - if you've already gotten a handle on the game you should move on to more How to play blackjack - Advanced Blackjack Tips.