Top Tips for Blackjack Newbies
- Learn Basic Strategy Before Playing
It goes without saying that you need to know how to play the game. But you should also learn some basic blackjack strategy before you start. Especially as a beginner, don’t just rely on your natural smarts. Having some blackjack strategies up your sleeve will always help you. You can even bring strategy cards to the table if you find them hard to memorise!
- Make Sure You Understand The Table Rules
With blackjack, different casinos can have many different rule configurations. Learning what they mean and which will give you better odds will help you walk away with a win much more often. Here are some tips to start you off:
- Try to stick to tables with 3:2 payouts. Avoid games with 6:5 or even payouts if possible.
- The fewer the decks, the better.
- The house edge is lower if the dealer stands on soft 17, so look out for that. Unfortunately, in most casinos, the dealer hits on soft 17.
- The more splitting options when you’re dealt the same two cards, the better. Doubling is generally a good idea (but not always!), but especially after splitting the same two cards. If possible, it’s also a good idea to re-split aces.
- Tips On Splitting
Everyone has their own playing style, but there are some hard and fast rules you should always follow.
- Never split two 10s. This is a great hand! You are one away from 21 and the only way to beat that is with a 21.
- You also shouldn’t split two 5s. Instead, turn the situation to your favour by doubling down and turning your 10 into a 20.
- However, if you’ve got two 8s, you should always split them. Two 8s make 16, the worst hand in blackjack, so splitting can only make it better.
- Tips On Doubling
Just to help you that little bit more… You should always double down if:
- You get a count of 11, and the dealer shows a 10 or an ace.
- You get a count of 10 and the dealer shows a 9 or less.
- You get a count of 9 and the dealer’s card is between 2-8 (not ace!)
- You get a soft 13 and soft 14 and the dealer’s card is a 5 or a 6.
- You get a soft 15 and soft 16 and the dealer has a 4, 5 or 6.
- You get a soft 17 and soft 18 and the dealer’s card is between 3 and 6.
- Keep learning, keep practicing
These tips are just the beginning; there is a lot more you can learn. Don’t assume that once you start doing well your learning days are over. Blackjack Canada rules do not stay the same forever, and strategy can change with the rules. Keeping updated on rules and strategy ideas can give you an edge at the blackjack table.
And although you should start with some ideas and strategies, you learn from experience. The more you play, the better you’ll get. Who knows – with enough practice, you could become the next blackjack whizz. So what are you waiting for? Get practicing!