Blackjack is regarded as one of the few casinos games in which a player’s skill can influence the final result. It’s a simple game on the surface, has rules that virtually anyone can understand, and the fast turn around time between hands makes for intense action. Should you be looking to get into Blackjack and are relatively new to the game, there are a few essential things you should know before getting started.
Know What You’re Getting Into
Simply signing up at a casino and jumping into the first Blackjack game you see is a seriously bad move. First off, Blackjack tables have a minimum and maximum bet, and these amounts are not to be taken lightly.
Finding yourself in a high stakes Blackjack game could see you wipe out your bankroll in a few hands, before you’ve even had the chance to start applying a strategy. Pay careful attention to what the minimum and maximum betting amounts are at a table, and be modest in your selection. Do not select a table with stakes you can just barely afford. Rather go lower, or play for free so that you can still have fun and focus on the game at hand.
Check The Payouts
There has been a recent trend of some casinos reducing the payout amount for a player landing a natural Blackjack. Avoid these lower payout tables at all costs. There is, after all, absolutely zero benefit to the player for being paid out less for a winning hand. Before you play, check what payouts each table offers in advance, and be sure you select the most generous table for your own good. All Blackjack tables are required by law to state their payout amounts in clearly legible letters. If payout amounts are not stated, bring up this issue with the customer support centre and demand that the problem be amended immediately. At Gaming Club you’ll never encounter this problem, but as a new player its one to take note of!
Remember The Shape Shifting Ace
It is amazing how many aspiring Blackjack player still don’t realise that the ace has two values. Depending on the circumstances, the ace can be played as one, or as eleven. This makes the ace one of the most important cards in the game, given that it can essentially allow for two chances at making a good hand.
If the player is dealt an ace and a five, for example, first consider the hand to be a sixteen. If, upon calling for a third card the number exceeds twenty-one, the ace may then be considered a one. Understanding this simple rule and using it to one’s advantage can make the difference between a winning and losing hand. When being dealt an ace, be sure to make the most of it.
Play It Safe
It is still often a common sight to see people approaching casino games as if they will be awarded some kind of trophy for playing fast and furious hands with no skill. Sure, some fun can be had taking ridiculous risks, but this is not in any way the smart approach to playing a game such as Blackjack.
Blackjack is a game that is essentially won by playing it safe, and the safe approach is absolutely the correct approach to be taken by a smart player. Never hit on a seventeen. The odds of creating a better hand are simply not worth the risk. Some players will even stand on sixteen or lower, and this is by no means a foolish move to make. Remember that the game is not about getting as close to twenty-one as possible, but simply getting closer then the dealer can. Remember this fact and adjust your playing strategy accordingly.