Most players feel that they understand how to play blackjack well enough and do not need to know any more about blackjack basic strategy. It has often been experienced, however, that starting players, who only are interested in learning how to become more successful at blackjack, tend to be rather enthusiastic about wanting to know more about blackjack basic strategy. More experienced players, however, dismiss reading or even learning about blackjack basic strategy as either irrelevant or unnecessary because, in their estimation, they already know how to beat the blackjack cards.
The fact of the matter is that blackjack is a game of chance. No matter what strategy you use, whether you play a low-card strategy or a high-card strategy, it is always dependent upon the cards that are dealt to you on a specific card dealt, at that exact moment, by the dealer. Thus, blackjack basic strategy revolves around being able to predict when the dealer will deal the cards to you. And that is a very difficult thing to do.
A good way to improve your blackjack basic strategy is to focus on the likelihood of you losing money when you play, and keep track of which decks you are most likely to lose money on, based on which card decks you are dealt. For example, if you bet on two pairs, the likelihood of you losing money on all your bets is x multiplied by (2) the number of pairs you are betting on. But, if you bet on nine cards, the likelihood of you losing money on all of your bets is (9 x 2) minus the odds that the dealer will leave you with an ace, a king, a queen, a jack, ten, or a “better” hand. This means that you have a pretty good chance of winning most of your bets, since you have a relatively good chance of getting the “better” hands.
Now, let’s say that you have already analyzed the cards that the dealer has to show you, and you have a pretty good idea about the likely percentages for the cards that he has to reveal. What you must do is focus on the cards that the dealer reveals, and how likely it is that you are to hit these cards. The more cards that the dealer shows, and the greater the chances that you are hitting these cards, the more likely you are to win. In this case, you have double the chances of winning as you had before, since there are now twice as many cards. You must focus on this and maximize on this.
Another aspect of blackjack basic strategy is to use this same basic math, but you need to use it in a different context. What you are looking at here, is trying to determine how long a person can go on winning with this kind of luck. In this case, we are talking about the casino’s side of things. In a blackjack casino, you will find that the house always wins, no matter what you do. This cannot be changed even if you do a great hand.
However, if you play against the dealer, you can make him think that you have a better hand. And this is where you will use the double counting strategy. Using this, you will take note of the cards that the dealer has to show you and then count them. By doing this over two or three games, you can figure out the average card value, as well as knowing how long it will take you to win using this kind of luck. Double the number, and you have an excellent long run.
One more aspect of blackjack basic strategy concerns betting. Here, you have to bet according to the value of the cards that the dealer has to show you. There is a specific rule here: the higher the card value, the lower the bet you need to make. For example, if the dealer has a straight flush, your bet will need to be higher than the value of the cards in the pot. If you end up betting too much, the dealer might call, forcing you to bet more. Therefore, this strategy works best when the dealer always bets lower than his card value.
And that is basically it! These are the most important basic strategies you should be familiar with if you want to get better at playing. The reason why we recommend betting low is that it will force you to lose less money. However, betting too much is the same as getting called all the time, which is not good when you want to win big!