At Blackjack you can win – but it requires discipline. Blackjack is the pro player’s favorite game. They use mathematics to raise the odds. A strategy player reduces the casino’s advantage from 2% to 0.5%. If you play smart, black jack is clearly the best game.

## The basics of black jack

In blackjack there is a dealer and usually between 1 to 4 players. The player places his bet on the table and then shares the dealer without the first cards. Each player is dealt two cards that are shown to everyone around the table. The dealer also gets two but shows only one of them while the other is down. The goal of blackjack is to get the total sum 21 or to be closer to 21 than the dealer who is also a player in blackjack. The player can take as many cards as he wants (called ‘hit’), or you can choose ‘stand’ when you are satisfied with the cards you have. If the player’s score is closer to 21 than the dealer, the player wins as much as he or she has bet, except when the player has a blackjack, which gives 1 1/2 times the stake.

If your first two cards are an ace and 10, you have a blackjack hand or a “natural” 21! Blackjack beats all cards, which first turn into a third or more cards 21. All “picture cards” are counted as 10, cards between 2 and 10 have the value on them. An ace is counted as 1 or 11. After you receive the first two cards, you basically have two options – unless you get a blackjack.

Note that the dealer must take another card (hit) when it has a total of 16 or less, and that it must stop if the total is 17.

## Double – Double down

You can double at the first two cards, if you do not have a blackjack. If this is done, only one more card is obtained. The first bet must be doubled. A typical double up position is if you have a total of 10 on your hand after two cards. An Ace or Dressed Card then gives you a great place to double up.

## Share – Split

If you have two cards with the same value on the hand, you can split your hand. The original bet is placed on one hand and for the other hand a bet is made to the same value. But if you split two aces, only one more card is dealt to each hand. If you divide two aces and the sum of your cards becomes 21, this does not apply as a blackjack, but only as 21. You cannot split a hand more than once.

## Insurance – Insurance

If the bank’s posted card is an ace, a side bet can be made, which is called insurance. If this is done, you bet once again (half of the first bet) that the dealer’s hidden card is 10. If this is the case, 2: 1 of the “Insurance” wager is paid out and the first wager is counted as lost, because you was beaten by the bank’s black jack. If the bank has no natural blackjack, the “Insurance” bet is lost and the data is clearly played as usual.

# Blackjack strategy

Blackjack is the pro player’s favorite game. They use mathematics to raise the odds. A strategy player uses **blackjack strategy** , thereby reducing the casino’s advantage from 2% to 0.5%.

## Choice of blackjack games

We describe the **strategy for classic blackjack** below . There are some basic rules that must be in place for you to get the best odds as possible.

When you first look at a blackjack table you can often see that it is written something like – ‘Blackjack pays 3 to 2’ and ‘Insurance Pays 2 to 1’. Pay 3 to 2 means that if you bet for example € 10 you win € 15 at blackjack. ‘Insurance 2 to 1’ means you get back half your bet if the dealer gets blackjack and you have paid insurance. We will play with tables that have these rules, the fast insurance rule we will not use for it gives worse odds in the end than if we let it.

Another thing that can also be written on the blackjack table is ‘Dealer must stand on all 17’ or ‘Dealer must hit Soft17’. The first statement means that the dealer must stop if he has 17 or more. The second statement means that the dealer must pull on soft 17. We will play on tables that have ‘Dealer must stand on all 17’ which is a big advantage for the player.

- The summary of the tables we will try to play on is as follows:
- ‘Dealer must stand on all 17’
- Have 1 deck of cards
- Have permission to double on all cards
- Have permission to split more than once
- Are ‘surrender’ as a choice

All of the above statements are in favor of the player and we should play at tables that meet as many of these as possible. If there is permission to ‘surrender’ (to give up) it is best to do so when you have ‘hard’ 15 or 16 and the dealer has 7 or more. Now let’s move on to basic blackjack strategy.

## Blackjack strategy – the basics

- If the dealer has 2 or 3 and you have 12 – take a card.
- Always stay on hard17 or higher, no matter what the dealer has.
- Always double at 11
- Double the 10 if the dealer has 2 to 9
- Always split Aces and 8’s.
- Never split 5s or 10s.
- After you split, play the split hand exactly as you did on the regular hand. (According to the blackjack table if the rules allow.)