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PostHeaderIcon Some Basic Terms, Rules and Strategies

BY simply knowing some basic Blackjack strategies, techniques and moves that every player must know you can get started. Being a first timer in a game is not so easy, but nothing teaches faster than actually sitting down and playing. The dealers will help you learn the basics of the rules and lingo.

In order to get familiar the aspects of Blackjack, you must first learn the basic terms. So what are they?

Soft and Hard Totals

In blackjack, your hand could have two totals, the soft total and the hard total. When you have a soft total, it means you have an ace in your hand and you are counting it as eleven until not going over 21. While a hard total means you are counting the ace in your hand as one. With either you never want to go over 21.

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PostHeaderIcon Learning The Ropes Increases Your Chances Of Winning At Blackjack!

Blackjack is a unique casino game mainly because it allows some room for players to reduce the house advantage by selecting the correct next action. Essentially, when playing blackjack you can decide when to draw another card, when to stand, when to double your bet or to split your bet, if you get two cards of the same type. Since the game incorporates the element of player choice, it also means that you can increase your chances of winning by learning the ins and outs of the game.

Isn’t blackjack a game that always favors the house?

The odds of winning at blackjack are dictated by the number of decks the casino employs. While pretty difficult to find and costlier, as bets start at $25, a casino that offers single-deck blackjack or that follows the downtown Las Vegas rules reduces the house’s advantage to 0.16% and hence, increase your chances of winning.

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PostHeaderIcon Decks and Player Positions

Some players consider it a game of chance, while others a game of skill, but the truth is that blackjack is a little bit of both. After all, there are 52 cards in the deck and that could mean thousands of possible combinations, right? Well, the high number of possibilities could constitute an inconvenience if you do not know how to take advantage of the odds. On the other hand, it could also mean that, although you do not know when it will happen, you are going to win sooner or later. Just how important are the casino decks in blackjack? Moreover, does your position at the table influence your chances of winning in any way? Let’s find out!

The truth about casino decks

Back in the day, casinos only employed a single deck of cards for blackjack and many players think the practice continue till this day. However, in reality blackjack can be played with any number of decks and, the more decks a casino uses, the better the odds for the house. While some casinos offer single-deck blackjack, take note that they are very difficult, if not impossible to find and the bets usually start at $25 per hand. In fact, any casino that accepts a bet under $25 per hand will typically use at least four decks to turn the odds in their favor.

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PostHeaderIcon Blackjack Quickstart Guide

If you want to start playing blackjack, the good news is that the game is very easy to understand. In fact, because it only has very basic rules, you can be sure to be at the table playing in just a few minutes. In the following article, you will find out everything you need to know about playing online blackjack.

Placing a bet

In order to play a hand at blackjack, first you must place a bet on the table. Take note that the minimum amount of cash you can bet at this point varies in accordance to the online casino where you are playing and the table you are at. In general, for all winning bets you will receive Even Money, which is essentially like making an insurance bet on your blackjack hand. The only exception to this rule is when you hit blackjack, case in which you will earn a sum representing 3 to 2 on the original bet and lose the initial Even Money bet. Basically, if you place a bet on $20 and hit blackjack, then you could win $30.

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