Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack Strategy - Most people know the simple card game...

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M ost people know the simple card game of blackjack—sometimes known as “21.” As played in casinos around the world, the objective of this game is remarkably simple: Players draw cards in an attempt to have their cards sum closer to 21 than their dealer, without going over 21. In blackjack, face cards are equal to 10, aces are equal to 1 or 11, and the remaining cards in the deck are equal to their number (the two of diamonds equals 2, the nine of spades equals 9, and so forth.). The game begins by the dealer passing out two cards to every player. The dealer also gets two cards, but one of the dealer’s cards is facing up. All the players play before the dealer plays. Setting aside complications created by different ways players can bet (doubling down, buying insurance, and so forth), playing blackjack requires only one decision: Should you take another card or not? There are a variety of different theories about when a player should and should not take a card. Some players rely on their intuition and good luck. These players take a card when it “feels like the right thing to do.” Sometimes these “intuition players” take a card when their hand sums to 18—and get a 3! Other players have very simple theories of when to take a card: When their cards sum to 16 or more, they stay; 15 or less, they take a card. Simple theories of winning at blackjack are easy to learn and apply. They sometimes even produce wins. Still other players have somewhat more sophisticated theories about how to win this game. For example, some players take a card when their cards sum to 16, but only when the card showing in the dealer’s
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