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Guide to Online Blackjack

Author: Sylvia Garcia

This article will help you to not only understand some vital points in the game of blackjack, but will also help you to master your skills and knowledge of the game. If you have never played before, with these tips you should be able to start playing at a fairly high level.

Online blackjack is probably the most popular casino game in the world. The reason for this is that your success depends not simply on luck but also upon your skill. And this skill in turn depends on your experience and knowledge of the game.

You should begin by playing for free to master your skills. Keep in mind that there are web portals which are aimed specifically at helping players improve their blackjack gaming acumen. You can seek these out by doing some research on the Internet.

Learn the card values and rules of the game then try out several different casinos on free mode until you’re sure you’ve mastered the concept of the game. You can find a list of top-rated casinos on Gambling City.

There are also blackjack strategy charts available to help you understand the basic principles and winning secrets of most blackjack strategies. But for the benefit of this article here is some basic blackjack strategy in text form.

Basic Strategy
To use the strategy, start at the top, and follow the first rule that applies.

    Surrender hard 16 (but not a pair of 8s) vs. dealer 9, 10, or A, and hard 15 vs. dealer 10.
    Always split aces and 8s.
    Never split 5s and 10s.
    Split 2s and 3s against a dealer 4-7, and against a 2 or 3 if DAS is allowed.
    Split 4s only if DAS is allowed and the dealer shows a 5 or 6.
    Split 6s against a dealer 3-6, and against a 2 if DAS is allowed.
    Split 7s against a dealer 2-7.
    Split 9s against a dealer 2-6 or 8-9.
    Double hard 9 vs. dealer 3-6.
    Double hard 10 except against a dealer 10 or A.
    Double hard 11 except against a dealer A.
    Double soft 13 or 14 vs. dealer 5-6.
    Double soft 15 or 16 vs. dealer 4-6.
    Double soft 17 or 18 vs. dealer 3-6.
Hit or Stand
    Always hit hard 11 or less.
    Stand on hard 12 against a dealer 4-6, otherwise hit.
    Stand on hard 13-16 against a dealer 2-6, otherwise hit.
    Always stand on hard 17 or more.
    Always hit soft 17 or less.
    Stand on soft 18 except hit against a dealer 9, 10, or A.
    Always stand on soft 19 or more.
Keep in mind that the above strategy will work under any set of rules. However, for you perfectionists out there, here are some modifications you will need to make if the dealer hits a soft 17.
    Surrender 15, a pair of 8s, and 17 vs. dealer A.
    Double 11 vs. dealer A.
    Double soft 18 vs. dealer 2.
    Double soft 19 vs. dealer 6.
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