My First Time Playing Blackjack

firstblackjack10052015Your first time at the blackjack table may make you feel more than a little intimidated. After all, this is the one table game at the casino that is possible to beat, right? Well, kind of…

Since the very first practical card counting system was introduced to the public in the early 1960s, casinos have made a few changes in order to maintain their edge.

First, tables will sometimes use multiple decks, making counting much more difficult. If that’s not enough, some casinos even cut a percentage of the cards to throw off the accuracy of the count. So, what does this mean for your time at the blackjack tables? Basically, it means that you should focus on enjoying your time instead of beating the house.

By following a basic strategy and implementing a reasonable betting system, you’ll find out for yourself why this relatively simple game has developed into one of the world’s most popular gambling options. Now, let’s take a look at a few tips to help you through your first time playing blackjack.

The Basics of Blackjack

If you’re not already familiar with the rules, now’s the time to get acquainted. In Blackjack, players battle against the dealer to claim a hand that’s closer to 21. Cards are worth their face value, with face cards totaling ten points and aces being worth either 11 or one. To decide how far you’ll need to go, you’ll be able to see one of the dealer’s two starting cards. Weighing this card versus your hand will give you a better idea of when to hit and when to stand. If you beat the dealer, you’ll double your bet. If you get a Blackjack, which is a two card 21, you’ll cash in on three to two odds.

Basic Strategy

These strategies come in a variety of forms, with more complicated iterations giving players slightly better odds of beating the house. For your first time at the tables, however, learning a simple strategy is a great way to give yourself better odds. For starters, if you’ve got 11 or less, always hit, regardless of what the dealer is holding. If you’ve got 12 or more, you’ll need to consider the dealer’s card when deciding your action. If he or she has a card with a value between two and six, stand. For anything else, hit. For more information about when to double or split, you’ll want to take a look at a basic strategy chart.

Tipping the Dealer

When you’re winning, it’s always a nice touch to tip your dealer. In Blackjack, the common practice is to “toke” the dealer by placing a side bet on his or her behalf. This should be less than the amount of your wager, and it should be placed just above and slightly to the side of your bet. In any case, giving the dealer a little skin in the game can’t hurt your odds, right?

With these simple tips, you’re ready to tackle your first trip to the Blackjack table. Remember to have fun, and, with a little luck, your first experience will be a profitable one.

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