When it comes to picking which gambling game to play at online casinos, thechoices can be tempting and overwhelming. Depending on how much yourspending limit is, and whether or not your playing for fun, or money, or both -There are some games with better odds at winning money. Of all the gamesto pick from - including slots - Blackjack is the single game that allows foryour odds of winning to fluctuate during a hand. This is how itworks:
The term, House Edge or Casinos Advantage is one you should become familiarwith before moving on. What it means - to put it bluntly - is thatcasinos are not dumb. Each gambling game has a programmed profitpercentage for the casino. This profit percentage is the CasinosAdvantage. And since online casinos are generated by programming software,the Casinos Advantage correlates to what software the casinos use and considerfair. (That's one reason why it is important to review casinos beforeplaying)
Now that you know what Casinos Advantage means, let's talk about odds. Ifsomeone is holding a poker chip in one of their hands and they ask you to pickwhich hand it is in, you have a 50/50 chance of making the correct choice. Your odds are 1 to 2. This is also called your probability ofwinning. In this particular case, having a 50/50 chance is called an evenmoney bet. If you win and are paid the exact amount that you wagered, thenyou are paid what is called True Odds. If you are paid more or less thanwhat you wagered, then the odds are no longer True. The difference betweenthese odds and True Odds, divided by the True Odds, is how you calculate theCasinos Advantage. For example, let's say you wager $10 and you win. If the casino pays you $9 on top of your wager, then the difference is 1. Since True Odds is $10, divide 1 by 10 and you come up with the amount of .1 or1/10. Convert this amount to a percent and you come up with 10%. Therefore, the Casinos Advantage is +10%.
Blackjack is the only casino gambling game in which the Casinos Advantage canbe a negative value. It is also the only casino gambling game in which theCasinos Advantage is not fixed.
Why do other casino gambling games have a fixed Casinos Advantage? Let's use the example of Roulette, which is a gambling game that will easilyillustrate this concept.
Roulette is a game with 36 numbers, a 0, and 00. This means that you,the player, have a 1 in 38 chance of winning. Your odds are 1/38. Ifyou get lucky and win, then the casino will pay you $35 on top of your $1 wager- giving a total of $36. Since the odds were 1/38, a $38 pay-out isconsidered True Odds. However, the odds in Roulette are not true. Using the formula mentioned above, to calculate the Fixed Casinos Advantage wetake the difference between these odds and True Odds (38 minus 36). Next,divide the difference, which is 2, by the True Odds - which is 38. Youwill come up with the amount .0526, which converted to a percent is 5.26%. You have just calculated the Casinos Advantage for Roulette, which will alwaysbe 5.26% because there are always 38 numbers on a Roulette table. Likewise, games like Big Six and Craps have fixed Casinos Advantage percentagebecause there are always twelve numbers on a pair of dice, and 36 possiblecombinations - The odds of winning will always stay the same.
This is not the case with Blackjack - because each time a newcard is drawn from the shoe, the outcome of the remaining cards is alteredindelibly. If you play your cards right, the Casinos Advantage has a valueranging from less than 1% to even a negative Casinos Advantage percent. Thisentails that the advantage in Blackjack can be entirely in the playershands! Whether you have a little luck or a little skill, you can have theadvantage!
The key in having the advantage is in playing with astrategy. Playing hunches in Blackjack can be quite dangerous. Whenstarting out, it is better to place your wagers according to who has theadvantage. This does not mean that you have to count cards. The ideaof card counting is that small cards favor the casino and big cards favor theplayer. However, the important thing to remember is that each time a newcard is drawn, the remaining deck is forever changed - and so is the advantage.
In the professional Blackjack world, there is a way of playingknown as basic strategy - a mathematically balanced strategy that guaranteesbest possible odds. Contingent upon what card the dealer has exposed, youthe player will decide whether you want to hit, stand, split, or double thedealers cards. But before we go into finer detail, let's have a quickreview of Blackjack.
Blackjack is not a difficult game to learn. The object ofthe game is to get as close to twenty-one as possible without going over. The dealer gives you a card and you draw cards until you either come as close totwenty-one as you want, hit twenty-one, or go over. All small cards areworth their number; Face cards are worth ten; Aces are worth one oreleven. The fact that the player must act before the dealer, gives themthe advantage - because the player has a choice of standing on a hand that couldvery well go over twenty-one on the next card they draw. Likewise, thisleaves the dealer with a card that very well may bust him too. But there aremore moves than this - The following summarizes the possible actions you theplayer can make while playing Blackjack. Lastly, we will introduce thebasic playing strategy.
Standing is accomplished by motioning your hand above your cards. You willwant to stand when you think that you are as close to twenty-one as you can getwithout going over.
Hitting is accomplished by tapping the table or signaling the dealer with asummoning motion. By drawing another card, you are taking a hit. Youonly want to do this when you are confident that the next card you draw will nottake you over twenty-one.
This is the term used when doubling your bet after being shown your first twocards. The majority of casinos will let you double down on any two cards(DOA) However, some casinos will only let you double down on hands that totalten or eleven. This is because you have the greatest chance of fallingshort of twenty one. You should know that when doubling down, you are onlyallowed to draw one more card - even if you are still far short from reachingtwenty-one. In the casino, you Double Down by placing your additional bet ontop ofyour additional wager. Doubling Down is a great way towin money. It can definitely be used for the players benefit. Remember to only Double Down in favorable situations - like when you have theAdvantage. And when you start to see just how effective the BasicBlackjack Strategy is, you will become more confident and more inclined toDouble Down your wager for the maximum allowance.
Splitting is another rule for the players benefit. Occasionally, you willbe dealt a set of cards that have the same value - this is called a pair. If this happens, you have the option of separating these two cards into twodifferent hands. However, to do this, you are obligated to make anotherbet equivalent to your original wager. In an actual casino, you would dothis by placing your additional bet next to your original bet. Thedealer would, in turn, split your cards for you and deal each hand on itsown. Once you decided to stand or you bust (go over twenty-one), thedealer would move on to your other split card and play that hand as was donewith your original hand.
The Basic Strategy for Blackjack
Play this strategy to the T and stick with it regardless if your winning orlosing. Remember, like the tides of the ocean, your winnings and losseswill fluctuate - in gambling, nothing is 100% sure for 100% of the time. Yet, with this strategy, you are guaranteed better odds. This means that yourlosing hands will always be outnumbered by your winning hands, which is a recipefor success.
Soft Hands If your first two cards are Ace/8 or Ace/9, always Stand. If you haveAce/7 and the Dealer has 3-6, then Double. If the the Dealer has 2,7, or8, then Stand. Take a Hit, otherwise. Let's say you haveAce/6: Always take a Hit, and Double if the Dealer has 3-6. Do thesame if you have Ace/4 or Ace/5, except, only Double if the Dealer has 4-6. Alsotake a Hit if you have Ace/2 of Ace/3, except, Double if the Dealer drew 5 or6.
Hard Hands If your first two cards add up to 17 through 21, always Stand. Also Standif you have 13 through 16 and the Dealer has 2 through 6. Take a Hitotherwise. If your card total is 12, then Stand if the Dealer has4-6. Take a Hit otherwise. For a card total of 11, take a Hit if theDealer has an Ace. If the Dealer has 2 through 10, then Double andHit. Stand otherwise. With a card total of 10, always take a Hit,making sure to Double when the Dealer has 2 through 9. Do the samefor a card total of 9, except, Double when the Dealer has 3 through 6. Foranything less than a card total of eight, take a Hit.
Pairs Lets start with a pair of 10's: Stand always. For a pair of 9's,Stand if the Dealer has a 7, 10, 0r Ace. Only Split if the Dealer has 2through 6. If you have a pair of seven's, always take a Hit. OnlySplit if the Dealer has 2 through 7. Do the same for a pair of 6's,except, only Split when the Dealer has 2 through 6. For a pair of 5's,always take a Hit - And Double if the Dealer has 2 through 9. Take a Hitwith a pair of 4's, only Splitting when the Dealer has 4 or 5. Do likewise for a pair of 2's or 3's, except, only Split if the Dealer has 2through 7. And with a magic pair of Aces of 8's, you will always Split.