Blackjack is most widely known as being played between a player and a dealer, where the aim of a player is to have around 21. The game begins when a dealer gives 2 rounds of the cards to the players starting from the left-hand side. This leaves the players with 2 cards faced up while the dealer is left with 1 exposed and 1 hidden card. The applied is dependent on the cards that the player receives as well as the cards held by a dealer.

Main Options to Choose

As a player you must consider applying the following strategies:

  • Hit: By stating this, a player means to get an extra card, which the dealer provides you with, given that the player has less than 21. You are free to hit repeatedly if you like to.
  • Stand: This term indicates that a player is content with the current set of cards and is unwilling to take up additional cards. After making this statement the other players will get a chance to make a decision.
  • Bust: This term indicates that the player or a dealer has above 21 and thus has lost the game.
  • Double-Down: A strategy that is mainly used when the player has stronger cards such-as a total of 10 as opposed to maybe a 6 of the dealer. Double-down allows a player to double the amount of hand-combinations that the player may have. Once the player uses this option they will be required to stand. This could be a good way to make a dealer bust in a game.
  • Split: This strategy is used when a player receives two similar cards, which allows a player to split the hand in two. The player can then proceed by playing normally or can double, stand or hit. When the player receives an ace a dealer can no longer hit.
  • Surrender: Spanish 21 is the only variation that allows the application of this option, when the player apprehends that they are going to lose the game. Surrendering allows a player to receive half of the bet.
  • Insurance: An option that is vital for the player who has high amount of cards such as 19 or 20, but a dealer has an ace. Under such circumstances, there are high chances that it equates to the amount half of the player's bet. Taking an insurance will ensure that you get the total betted amount back, provided that a dealer has a blackjack. However, if a dealer lacks any blackjack then the player's risks losing the insurance, but they can continue playing the game. Avoid taking up insurances with marginal cards in hand as it will decrease your chances of winning.

Strategies for a Dealer

  • Stand on 17: Once the dealer is at 17, then they are not allowed from taking more cards. It is advisable that a dealer hits until 17 or going bust in due time.
  • Player Blackjacks: Sometimes the dealer presuming that the player does not have a blackjack, may give the player 1.5 times the amount of their bet, if the player has a 10 or some other face-card.
  • Dealer Blackjacks: The player must be given an option of insurance, if an ace is exposed by the dealer.