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Blackjack is an incredibly popular table game based on odds and mathematics. You might already know this, but did you know that you by using basic strategy could reduce the house edge to as little as 0.2-0.5%? Many of us would like to believe that we make the right decisions when we decide to take that extra card, choose to split or ask to stay when we, in fact, are making decisions that in the long run are costing us money.

Basic strategy is simply an optimal way of playing blackjack, which involves making the mathematically correct decisions of surrender, pair splitting, doubling down, hitting and standing, as well as insurance and even money. Do you believe that you’re able to play blackjack flawlessly? Well, let’s see about that! Join us as we’re showing exactly how blackjack is mastered!

The optimal order of blackjack basic strategy

As previously mentioned, we players have several alternatives to use at our advantage to be able to lower the house edge. All of these alternatives are however not available to use whenever we like and therefore there’s a very important order to follow when playing optimally using basic strategy. Below you’ll find questions that you should ask yourself in every hand you’re dealt, as well as in what order you should be asking them.

Can I/should I use surrender?

If the table you’re playing at is offering the surrender feature, this is always the first decision you should make as it’s only possible to surrender a hand before any other decisions have been made. If the table doesn’t offer the feature or if the answer to the question if you should use it is no, then you should ask yourself the below:

Can I/should I split my hand

This alternative will never be available unless your starting hand is a pair or two cards with a value of 10. When you’re dealt such a hand, you would, however, need to ask yourself if it’s to your advantage to split it or not. If you can’t split or if it isn’t beneficial for you, you should then ask the below question:

Learn more about blackjack basic strategy

With the information we’ve presented in this article we’ve hopefully managed to give you a good understanding of the importance of odds in blackjack. You’ve also received information and knowledge about how the use of basic strategy allows you to play optimally and improve your chances of winning over time. This, unfortunately, won’t make you unbeatable in blackjack, but it will surely reduce the number of losing sessions you have.

It’s now time to dig deeper into basic strategy and learn everything about when it’s mathematically correct to surrender a hand; when you should and should not split your pairs; when the right time for using the double down feature is, as well as for which scenarios it’s correct for you to stand and when you should be hitting an extra card.

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Blackjack odds

The basis of becoming a master in blackjack lies in the understanding of what the Blackjack odds are and how the house is making an edge of these. If you, for instance, learn the probability of busting when hitting a card, you will be able to make a better decision that will drastically lower the house’s edge. In this section, we will be teaching you the basics of basic strategy and what the odds are on certain scenarios, which will give you a good base to stand on as we’re digging deeper into the various strategies.

Blackjack odds

Surrender strategy

Have you ever used the blackjack surrender strategy option or are you playing every hand that is being dealt to you? By using surrender it’s possible to give up a hand and receive half the stake back. Now, why on earth would we want that? Sometimes we’re simply being dealt cards that compared to the dealer has less than a 25% chance of winning. Surrendering such a hand will actually save us money in the long run. In this section, we will teach you when and when you shouldn’t use this option.

Blackjack Surrender strategy

Pair Splitting strategy

Splitting a pair is a feature that should lower the house’s edge, but as players rarely know when they should and when they shouldn’t split a pair, the house has actually been benefiting from this. Do you ever split a pair of 10’s? Then you’re making the casino really happy because this is costing you money in the long run, but fear not! In this section, you will learn all about when you should and shouldn’t split a pair.

Blackjack Pair Splitting strategy

Doubling Down strategy

Doubling Down is a feature that let us double our stake at the cost of only being able to hit one more card. This alternative is not only good to use when we start with a really good hand, but can also be to our advantage when the dealer has a bad hand and a high probability of exceeding 21. There’s a profit of 1.4% to be made if you’re using this feature correctly, which we in this section will teach you how to do.

Blackjack Doubling Down strategy

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Hit & Stand strategy

As it’s not always possible to surrender or double down the hand, the big question is if we should hit another card or if we’re better off standing. In the heat of the game, the decisions might look simple, but that is rarely the case. Sometimes we’re wrongly hitting at 16, while we’re at other times wrongly standing on the same sum. It’s not easy knowing what the right decision is, but after having read this section you’ll never have to do the same mistakes again.

Blackjack Hit and Stand strategy

Blackjack Insurance strategy

The Blackjack Insurance Strategy is a side bet that makes it possible for us to place an extra bet of half our stake when the dealer is showing an ace. This is to insure ourselves against a possible blackjack. Should the dealer get 21, we will then receive triple the amount of this extra side bet, hence end up breaking even on the hand. Does this sound like a good deal? That’s exactly what the casinos would like us to believe. Insurance is never a good option and in the following section, we will thoroughly explain why.

Blackjack Insurance strategy

Even Money strategy

When lady luck is on our side and has been dealing with us 21, it happens that the house will show an ace, which means that there’s a risk of the dealer also getting 21. In such a case we would only get our stake back, thus missing out on any profits. The house is, therefore, offering us “even money“, which means that we get double the stake and the hand ends. This might be tempting to take, but this is just a variant of insurance that in the long run lowers our profits by 4%. Read more about this in the following section where we’re explaining the maths behind it.

Blackjack Even Money strategy