Our 5 Top Tips for Blackjack
From managing your money carefully to knowing how to count cards, the list of blackjack tips that might give you
an edge is endless. Unlike casino games such as slots, the choices you make in blackjack can have a big impact on
the game. It's therefore essential to keep a few of these tips in mind while playing. To get you started,
we've summarized our top five below.
Understand House Edge
House edge is a percentage which is worked out for all casino games, both online and at land-based
casinos. The game of blackjack has a house edge of 2-3%, if the player isn’t using a strategy. This
means that over time, the house is likely to win by a profit margin of 2-3% of the money you bet. However, when using some
strategies, it is possible to reduce this.
Although frowned upon in some land casinos, counting cards is a popular and accepted strategic technique when playing online. Although it does require a bit of arithmetic skill, the result of this counting gives a good indication as to whether you or the dealer is at an advantage based on the remaining number of high
and low cards. This way, you will know when to raise or lower your bets.
Manage Your Bankroll
If there’s one tip we would advise you to follow, it’s knowing how to manage your bankroll. We always
advise that you decide on a maximum amount you would be comfortable spending before starting any game.
If you reach that point, walk away from the table. Do not spend more in the hope of clawing back your
losses. And never ever bet money you can’t afford to lose.
Try Betting Systems
Blackjack has inspired a wide array of different betting systems, including options such as Martingale. Aside from betting systems, you can also learn game strategies like splitting. Some players swear by these systems,
but of course none have been proven to be 100% effective. We’ll go into more details about how these
systems can be used further down this page.
Be Wary of Insurance
This side bet isn't really for casual players. We would only recommend insurance to experienced card counters, with the confidence that plenty of 10s and face cards remain in the deck. You need a good grasp of using counting as a technique to increase your odds of winning. If so, then you might find the insurance bet beneficial.
Here are the figures for the probabilities you would encounter in the examples above. These will help you better understand the advice for hitting or standing. Remember: in blackjack, your chances of winning or busting will change each time a card is removed from the deck.
In Example 1, the probability of the dealer going bust on their next card is 19.98%. The player currently has a hard 14, so their probability of going bust on the next card dealt is 46.93%. The player would be wiser to stand.
In Example 2, the probability of the dealer getting a hand between 18 and 21 on their next card is 40.81%. The player currently has a hard 13, so their chance of going bust on their next card is also 40.81%. The player might as well hit.
Understanding House Edge & Odds
It's always important to know the house edge before you start playing, so you can see how much your
chosen casino pays out to its customers. Your odds of winning are also of course very important, and
probably one of the first things you'll want to check out. Let's take a look at these in a
little more detail.
What's the house edge?
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Do I have any advantage over the house?