Online Blackjack Strategy

By: Bob Hansford

Blackjack is an easy game to play and popular the world over so learning an easy blackjack strategy like the one outlined below will help you stay one step ahead of the casino.

Splitting Cards
To split cards in blackjack, you must have a pair (ex. 2 and 2). If you have a pair that you want to split and your cards are dealt face down, turn them over and place them a few inches apart. If your cards were dealt face up, point to your cards and say "split" when the dealer prompts you for a card. The original bet will go with one card and you will have to place an equal amount of chips in the betting box near the other card.

You are now playing two blackjack hands, each as though they were regular hands with the exception being that if you have just split two aces. In that case, you only get one card which will hopefully be a 10. If it is a ten, that hand's total is now 21 but the hand isn't considered a Blackjack.

Doubling Down
Doubling down in blackjack is exactly what it sounds like; it is when you have been dealt a favorable hand, and wish to double your bet. Let's say that your first two cards are a 5 and a 6. This is a situation in wish you would often double down, because the total value of your hand is 11, and you have a very good chance of landing either a 9, 10 or a face card, to more than likely win the hand.

The only thing to remember is that you are only allowed to be dealt one more card after you double down. So, if the total of your first two cards is 9 and you double down, and then you receive a 2, you are stuck with an 11 and must have the dealer bust in order to win the hand. Some casinos only allow you to double down on a hand value of 10 and/or 11, so be sure to check the rules.

Make sure if you are going to play blackjack at a casino that you check with the tables dealer to double check what the rules are and make sure you are only playing with money you can afford to lose.

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