Blackjack - Basic Strategy
In blackjack the player sends two low or high chips to the dealer who then deals out five cards to each player. These cards are face up meaning that the higher the chip count, the higher card dealt. The player can use any amount of chips to play blackjack and the dealer will not call.
In a non-cashare blackjack table, the dealer will deal out a hand containing either an Ace or King and a further smaller hand containing either a Jack or Queen. The player must use the same number of chips for both hands. In the cashare tables the dealer will deal three cards face up, three cards face down and one card in the middle. The player can use up to seven chips in a single game.
The dealer will then check the two cards face up at the end of the hand total. If these match up then the hand total is a winner. If the dealer has a winning hand total, then he will fold. Any other results means the dealer will continue with his bet.
A lot of players find it very hard to win in blackjack because they are not skilled enough to know when to fold. When a player wins a game in a casino using the two-card spread, there will be many people in front of you betting double or triple amounts of money. Because of this, the player is often confused whether to bet even more money because all the other players have already bet. This leads to the "I might have an ace or two in a straight, what should I bet?"
One of the basic strategies for winning at blackjack is to bluff. Bluffing is the ability to make yourself look and act like someone else in order to fool the other players into thinking that you are a different individual. For example, if a dealer is dealing with a straight flush, the player might try to bluff by throwing in a couple of jacks. This will work well if the dealer is a beginner and not familiar with the layout of the room. However, experienced players may see through the ruse and call you for your win without the need to bluff. This is why beginners should stick to their basic strategy when playing at a casino.
When going to the blackjack table, you should have an idea of your hand value. Hand value refers to how many chips you have in relation to your opponents total chip stack. Most dealers will require you to bet at least two chips (with the exception of high-rollers) to start the game and will require the minimum amount of money to stay on the table. However, do not worry if you have a low hand; some casinos will let you keep any chips you have raised until the end of the game. If you are holding a good hand, however, it is probably best to fold rather than raising.
Once the game begins, you should pay attention to which cards are dealt to you and which cards are left to you. When you notice that your opponent has a straight or flush, then you can be sure that your bet is worth something. Once you get a feel for the game of blackjack, you will be able to figure out when it is time to fold or when to stay in the game.