Blackjack for Beginners: Quick Tips

It seems to us like Blackjack is the beginning. It’s where most gaming enthusiasts start. You rarely hear about someone buying a seat in the World Series of Poker before they’ve at least learned the casino basics. That’s why if you’re a beginner to the casino world and are looking to take a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada on vacation, you need some beginner tips to get you making money at Blackjack:

The Basics

We’re sure you’ve heard a bit about how Blackjack works before but here goes:

The objective is for a Player to come as close to 21 without going over, while still having a higher total than the Dealer. Prior to receiving any cards, the Player must place a bet. Once the bet is made, the Player is dealt two cards face up. The Dealer is also dealt two cards. If the total value of the Player’s cards is closer to 21 than the Dealer, the Player wins as much as was bet. The Player also wins if the Dealer goes over 21 and the Player has not busted.

If the Player’s total goes over 21, the Player loses. Simple enough right?

Learn How to Play Blackjack

Next you need to know two basic strategies in Blackjack, when to double down, when to hit and when to stand:

When to Hit

Knowing when to hit is usually what will prevent you from busting out.

The time you mostly want to hit is when you have a soft 13 through 17 whenever the dealer is showing 7 or higher. A soft hand is when you have an Ace along with another card — which can substitute for 1 or 11 — preventing you from busting.

Players should follow the optimal strategy chart in Bodog Blackjack School, it will tell you what are statistically the right time to hit no matter what hand you have.

Doubling Down

If you learn when to double down you’ll learn how to double your money.

There are certain times that are statistically in your favor when you need to make it happen:

If your cards equal nine double down if the dealer has 3 thru 6. If your cards equal ten double down if the dealer has 2 thru 9. If you have an ace and a two or three double down if the dealer has 5 or 6. If you have an ace and a four or five double down if the dealer has four thru six. If you have an ace and a six double down if the dealer has three thru six. If the dealer doesn’t have the cards listed above, hit.

Stand Down

The general rule in Blackjack is hit when your cards are low and stand when they are at 17 to 20.

But there are more obvious opportunities than that. Players should stand on 12 when the dealer’s upcard is four thru six, and stand on 13 to 16 if the dealer’s upcard is two thru six. We know anything less than a 17 will have you itching to tap your finger on the table (or mouse) but resist the urge, it’ll pay off. If these opportunities don’t arise hit like Chuck Liddell.

Hopefully these tips will have you ready to dominate the blackjack scene.