As you play blackjack, every player is competing only against the dealer,
not against one another. The goal of the game is to beat the dealers hand,
without exceeding a total of 21. If the first two cards you're dealt are
an ace and a 10-point card, you have what is called a Natural Blackjack,
which is usually paid at 3 to 2.
After reading our blackjack basics page, you're left thinking about the
options you have when it comes your time to hit or stand. These decisions,
as we mentioned earlier, play a large role in how well you may do at the
table. Hit and stand are two possible decisions, but there are more. Let's
look at anything and everything blackjack rules allow you to do.
A good blackjack strategy is one that combines good bankroll management,
proper use of basic strategy, and a healthy dose of knowing when to walk
away. On this page we can outline some good blackjack strategy and some
bad blackjack strategy; hopefully you'll find something in between that
suits you right.
CARD COUNTING STRATEGY
Card counting as you play blackjack is a very powerful technique that
attempts to utilize what we know about the value of the cards in the deck,
and more specifically the value of the cards left in the shoe. The more
we know about what's left, the more we know about how much we should bet
before each hand starts.