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People have been playing Blackjack since the middle of the 18th century.

It remains one of the most popular casino games, and for good reason. If you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to play Blackjack for a long time without losing too much and sometimes even coming out on top.

The beauty of the game is that there are only a limited number of blackjack wagers that you can make. It’s knowing when to make them that counts.

Read on to learn more.

THE BASICS

 

We are going to assume you know the basic rules of blackjack. If you don’t, you can find them here.

In normal play, some strategies make you statistically more likely to win. Firstly the most simple: if you have 17 or more, do not take another card. Regardless of what the dealer has, statistics show that if you take another card, you are far more likely to go bust than to turn over a four, three, two or ace, which are the only cards that can improve your hand.

At the opposite end of the scale, if you have a score between four and nine, you should always take another card, as no matter what card you turn over, you will still have less than 21, but will have improved your score.

There are tables that tell you exactly what you should do for every combination of your cards compared to the dealer’s face-up card. There are more than a hundred different combinations to learn, so you might need to use a learning technique such as concept mapping to help.

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DOUBLING DOWN

This is a great way to win more money if you have a strong hand.

You add another wager that is the same size as your original stake and are given one more card only. It means that if you win, you will win twice as much, but you also have twice as much to lose.

That’s why you should only use this technique in certain circumstances. The most common is when you have either 10 or 11. Statistically, the most likely number to get from a single card is 10, as turning over a ten, jack, queen, or king will give you this total.

Doubling down on a 10 or 11 means you are most likely to score 20 or 21, which will very often be winning scores.

SPLITTING PAIRS

If you are dealt two of the same card, you can split these cards, and play them as two separate hands. As with doubling down, you will need to match your original wager as you’re now playing two sets of cards.

This gives you twice the chances of winning, but also comes with twice the risk, so you should only do this under certain circumstances. The key phrase to remember is Aces and Eights. These are the pairs that you should always split.

Splitting aces gives you a good chance of getting 21 on at least one hand. Since the dealer has to hit anything below 17, a pair of eights isn’t a great hand, but splitting them gives you a good chance of hitting 18 or better or one or both of them.

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READY TO TRY OUT SOME OF THESE BLACKJACK WAGERS?

If you’re feeling ready to try out some of these blackjack wagers it’s important that you do so within your means.

Remember that the odds are stacked against you, so the likelihood is that you will lose money. Only gamble with an amount that you are willing to lose and can survive without. That way you’ll have a lot of fun and won’t leave yourself destitute.

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