02:52 Europe/London May 17, 2010 by bwin Casino Blog

Blackjack is a game in which you receive two initial cards.  You must stand or hit.  If you hit, you will receive another card.  The goal is to get a total of 21.  If you have a nine and a six, then you hit and get a seven for a total of 22, you bust.  Blackjack is an easy game to understand and master, but there are some tips that you can keep in mind when playing to better your overall chances of winning.

First off, Blackjack has some of the best odds in all casino games.  Of course, the odds will depend on the situation and the casino, but the majority of casinos offer a house edge of up to 1%.

One of the most important things you should know when it comes to blackjack is that you should learn basic strategy.  Basic strategy can help you out more than you could ever imagine if you are knowledgeable about it.  It all has to do with mathematics.

Although you do not have to know how to count cards in order to succeed and win at Blackjack, it does help.  However, you must keep in mind that counting cards is illegal and if you are caught in a casino, there will be consequences.

Many will say don’t play Blackjack at the casinos that require an ante per hand.  This is completely up to you, but it gives the house a higher edge.  The actually ante appears to not be much, such as $0.50, but it adds to the house edge, which isn’t something that you want.

Although it’s okay to use your instincts, don’t count on them.  More often than that, Blackjack players will go on a hunch, win, and think they can do it every single time.  Little do they know, a hunch doesn’t always work in the way that you want it to.  It could end up hurting your bankroll in the long run as well as your self-esteem.

You should split your Aces and eights but hold fours and fives.  It’s part of the basic strategy concept and mathematics. 

Keep checking back for more blackjack tips and strategies and maybe I’ll shed some light on card counting if you are really interested.