The Basic Strategy in Blackjack
The basic strategy in blackjack has several facets that are important to be known in order to succeed at blackjack games. Your own (player’s) hand can be shown in the first column of your basic strategy chart. The second row in the basic blackjack strategy table represents your opponent’s hand. You have to, therefore, choose the decision indicated at the intersection between the second row and the related column.
As I said before, in the second row, your table partner’s hand will also be displayed. The third row in your table is for the dealer. The fourth row displays the house’s hand, while the fifth row contains the dealer’s card. In addition, if your table is multi-table, the fifth and the sixth rows will contain the dealer and each other’s cards.
Your two remaining hands can then be sorted from your left hand to your right hand. As you do so, remember to place your cards in an order that can be easily retrieved when required. If you have more than one card in your left hand, you will have to discard cards that cannot be immediately retrieved. If you want to play blackjack, you can discard a card from your left hand and replace it with another card from your deck. If you discard a card from your right hand, you may either play a second card or draw a new card from the deck.
Now, you must know how to handle your remaining cards as well. If you have to discard a card, you must check whether it is a high or a low card. High cards can be discarded if they are worth more than the card being discarded. Low cards can only be discarded if the number on the card being discarded is equal to or less than the number on your deck. In case of a tie between two cards, the player holding the higher card wins.
It is also advisable to remember that if you need to play a single card in blackjack, you may discard a card and then re-raise it after the count reaches four, but not before counting to four. The reason behind this rule is to prevent players from over playing a low or a high card. If you have more than one card left and need to play a blackjack, you may then play with one card or discard one and play a higher card.
By now you should have learnt the basic strategy in blackjack. The following tips will help you improve your chances of winning and reduce the risk of losing in blackjack. Keep in mind that you should try to play with a full bank, since the more money in your hand, the greater chance you have of winning.