This is your favourite Casino Nino talking. Oh, am I the only one as well? That’s a bummer. It would be awesome if you knew more of us as we are pretty cool lads, if I do say so myself… I guess I truly am last of my breed and one of a kind, though. Yay.
Today, old Casino Nino will be talking to you about blackjack. Most of you will know something about this classic card game, but for those of you in the dark, I guess I do have to talk a little bit about the very basics as well.
Blackjack in general
The very first basic thing to know about blackjack is that it’s one of my favourite games… Well, I guess some of you might not consider that piece of information all that important. Oh well.
The goal of this game is to get as close to 21 as humanly (or animalistically) possible. Of course, you don’t really have to make it as far as 21, as you only have to beat the dealer, who’s also trying to beat you. Let me compose myself a bit in order to explain this to you better.
The dealer will deal you and himself two cards. The two cards you have will be visible, whereas one of the dealer’s cards will be hidden. Basically, you will be making decisions knowing something about your opposition, but not enough to make more than educated guesses.
Your goal is to beat your dealer by having a higher score than they have, but you have to be careful as well: going over 21 will be called a bust, which means that you automatically lose. You can draw as many cards from the deck as you like until going bust. Likewise, you can stand whenever you want and stop drawing card. The dealer will stand at 17, which means that they are not basing any of their decisions upon how you play. Rather, they’re an automised entity playing by their own rules.
One of the more important things to know is that all face cards are worth 10, which means that every card from 10 to King is worth ten. Ace, on the other hand, is worth 1 or 11, depending on what’s best for your hand at the time. So, it’s important to note that even if you opt for another card, you cannot go bust if you have 11 or less, as an ace would bring you to 12 and a face card would bring you to 21. Thus, if your cards are worth 11 or less, you should always take another card. If you have, say, 12, it’s a whole different ballgame since you cold easily end up bust with such many tens in the deck.
Is Blackjack a difficult game?
Yes and no. Blackjack is not the hardest game on the planet, but there is definitely a learning curve. Some players will only hit or stand based on a whim, whereas the best players will actually use what is called “optimal strategy”. With each decision, there is a recommended action that you should take in order to win. It is all based on mathematics, as your probability of winning is only affected by the cards in the deck, your current score and the dealer’s one visible card. Using all this information, you can actually determine the best course of action for each separate situation.
One of the best things about blackjack is a very high return-to-player if––and only if––you play with the correct strategy. Just type “blackjack strategy” into an image search to find a table.