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Blackjack Tips - Online Blackjack gambling advice and tips
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Blackjack Favorable Rules for Players

  • Early Surrender: Lets players lose (surrender) only ½ of their bet before the dealer checks his hole card (the hidden card). This is a recommended move when you have hard 16 and the dealer shows an Ace or a 10-valued card.
  • Late Surrender: Late Surrender is similar to Early Surrender. It lets players lose (or surrender) ½ of their bets after the dealer has checked his hole card.
  • Blackjack pays out at 2-1 instead of 3-2: This variation increases the player’s edge over the casino by 2.2%, which is exactly why it is very uncommon.
  • Double Down after Split: This is a very common rule which is very good for blackjack players. Usually it’s allowed for card point totals of 9-10-11 (i.e. 9,2, 7,3, etc.)
  • Dealer stands on soft 17: This rule adds a 0.2% for the player. It’s not much, but any addition for the player is good.
  • Re-splitting of Aces: This rule lets players create a second hand made by splitting an initial pair of Aces. In general this is true for other pairs as well.

Basic Blackjack Strategy Tips and Suggestions

  • Never split 5's or 10’s
  • Always split 8’s and Aces.
  • Always double down on 11 (9,2 or 7,4 etc.), except when the dealer shows an Ace (or a 10-valued card in European rules).
  • Never take insurance unless you’re counting cards.
  • Never hit another card if your hand’s point total is 14 or more and the dealer’s top card is 2 through 6
  • Never stand when your hand is a soft 12 through soft 17 (i.e. A,A, A,6, etc.).
  • Always hit another card if you have a hard 12 through 16 and the dealer is showing 7 through Ace.
  • Never play when you aren't in the best frame of mind.
  • Never bet money you can’t afford to lose either financially or emotionally, and only play when you have a clear mind and a sober head.
  • Never make the wrong play according to basic strategy, even if someone tells you to do so.
  • Never make bets that are higher than your intended limits.
  • Never go on a tilt or try to win back money you’ve lost by increasing your bets. Increase your bets if you WIN, not if you lose.
  • Only play in legitimate established, and where you feel comfortable to play.
  • Bottom line – Play to win, make the correct moves, and bet sensibly.