New to Blackjack? Developing the Skills Required for Long-term Success

Posted on March 25th, 2015

blackjacknewbiesWhile you may be a relatively experienced player and familiar with online games, this does not mean that you have a fundamental knowledge of each game.

This should hardly come as a surprise,  given the nuances of games like blackjack, plus the large number of variants that are available online from Super Fun 21 to European Blackjack. This means that anyone looking to play blackjack for the first time should approach the table with caution, and take time to learn the game in detail – always practise before risking real money.

Here are three tips for blackjack novices who are keen to make their mark on the game: –

Learn about the Game and the Maths Behind it
While it is right to categorise games such as blackjack and roulette as games of chance, you do need a certain level of skill and strategy to achieve success, particularly when you play blackjack. Although you must always respect the element of chance that underpins blackjack, it is also important to understand the mathematics behind the game and the need for a decent level of numeracy. You need to be able to count! Blackjack is essentially a numbers’ game, and it helps if you can do calculations on the go to estimate the value of your hand at any given period of the game.

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Practice with Player Friendly formats of the Game
Like all casino games, not all variations of blackjack are created equal. This means that while some have challenging rules and slightly lower odds, others offer other advantages to players and provide an ideal place to learn. Take ‘Hi-Lo 13 Blackjack’ which is available across various casinos and can be found at sites like Lucky247 Casino. Not only can players learn a great deal about the game by playin this blackjack variant, but they also have an opportunity to make fun side-bets. Players automatically win if the dealer busts, which lowers the typical house edge a bit. So be sure to practice through games such as this as you learn your trade. When you become comfortable with the rules, stick to simpler variants like European Blackjack with no gimmicks. The odds are generally better.

Double-down with Caution
As you develop your knowledge, you will come across rules like ‘doubling down’. This is where you can double you initial bet after your hand has been drawn, on the understanding that you only draw one more card from the pack. Rather than doubling down at every opportunity, you should only do this when you have the chance to create a high value hand or achieve blackjack. If you are dealt an eight and a three, for example, you are statistically more likely to achieve a blackjack (in some variants at least), so this is the ideal time to double down. Check out our cards like our European Blackjack Strategy Card for more detailed information about when to double down.

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