Three Blackjack Tips for Beginners
It’s a new year – the ideal time to start a new resolution to increase your casino winnings. Learning how to play a skill-based game like blackjack is the perfect way to do it. You can earn more money playing blackjack than most other casino games, and you get the satisfaction of learning something new. It can feel like a lot of information to take in when you’re just starting out, so to keep things easy, we’ve rounded up three tips that every blackjack beginner should know before starting your training.
Tip No. 1: Choose the blackjack game that will give you the highest return.
Before you look into strategy charts, you need to decide what kind of blackjack to play, and your selection will have a big impact on how much money you can win. Player-friendly blackjack rules include: playing with as few decks as possible, being able to double after splits, the dealer standing on soft 17, the ability to surrender. But most importantly, you must pick a blackjack that pays 3-2 for a natural (hand of 21). There are variants that pay 6-5, and they will make it very hard to get the house edge low enough to build a decent bankroll.
Tip No. 2: Always stand on a hard 17 or higher, and stand on a hard 13 and higher if the dealer has a bust card.
Regardless of what kind of blackjack you’re playing, 17 is the magic number you want to aim for. If you have a 17, great – stand. If you have a 13-16, your action depends on the dealer’s upcard; hit if the dealer’s upcard is a 7 or higher, and stand if the dealer’s upcard is smaller than 7. The bust-out rate for a 2-6 dealer upcard is high – 35.30% to 42.08% to be exact, so there’s no need to risk busting yourself in these scenarios. Eventually, you’re going to want to memorize a chart as you learn more about beginner blackjack strategy, but this is a good first step.
Tip No. 3 Take advantage of Practice Play mode.
Learning to play blackjack in a casino is costly in the beginning, but if you stick to online blackjack, you can learn for free using Practice Play mode. Once your decisions become automatic, switch over to Real Play to start building your bankroll. It’ll take you much longer to build if you start with a deficit caused by learning errors.