|Tip #1 : Avoid Insurance
In a game of blackjack, whenever the dealer's upcard is an ace, he will offer you the chance to take out insurance. This is where you bet that the dealer's card in the hole is a 10, Jack, Queen or King. Although taking out such an insurance bet protects you from the dealer having a blackjack, it is generally a very poor value bet. You should therefore avoid placing an insurance bet as a matter of habit. The only exception to this rule is if you are an experienced card-counter and you know from experience the best times to accept the dealer's offer.
|Tip #2 : BlackJack Terms (Jargons)
Here are some terms you might hear at a blackjack table:
BURNING A CARD: After shuffling, the dealer takes the first card and removes it from play until the next shuffle.
STIFF HAND: Any hand totaling 12-16
PAT HAND: Any hand totaling 17-21
SNAPPER: A blackjack
NATURAL: Another slang term for blackjack
HOLE CARD: The dealer's card you cannot see
FIRST BASE: The first seat dealt to by the dealer
THIRD BASE: The last seat dealt
PUSH: A tie between the player and the dealer
SOFT HAND: Any hand containing an ace that could be counted as 11
HARD HAND: Any hand that is not a soft hand
|Tip #3 : BlackJack Hands: Soft Hands, Hard Hands.
One of the most important factors that determines your choice of move is whether your hand is 'hard' or 'soft'.
Hard hand: This is a hand without an ace, where the player's total is determined by the face values of the cards. The rules are simple:
* If the dealer shows 2 or 3, hit until you reach 13 and go no higher
* If the dealer shows 4, 5 or 6, hit until you reach 12 and go no higher
* If the dealer shows 7, 8, 9, 10 or A, hit until you reach 17 and go no higher
Soft Hands: A soft hand is a hand with an Ace which can be counted as both one and 11. For example, Ace, 5, 6 is not a soft hand because the Ace as 11 would be a bust. Here's what to do with a soft hand:
* If the dealer shows 2 through 8, hit until you reach at least a soft 18
* If the dealer shows a 9, 10, or Ace, hit until you reach a soft 19
* If a soft hand hardens (you receive cards that prevent using the Ace as 11), then revert to the rules for hard hands, above.
There are good, strategic reasons for this system but suffice it to say that this is the method the pros use.
|Tip #4 : BlackJack Hand: Total of 11 or 12
Total of 11
Today's rule is simple. If you have a total of 11 on two cards, double down no matter what the dealer is showing. If you have more than two cards that total 11, then you want to take a hit.
Total of 12
If you're dealt a Hard 12, hit if the dealer is showing a two, three, seven, eight, nine, or ten and an Ace; stand if the dealer is showing a four, five or six. If you're dealt a Soft 12, you'd be holding a pair of Aces. Split the Aces, no matter what card the dealer is showing. If you're dealt a pair of sixes, split against a four, five or six; otherwise, take a hit.
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