Online blackjack is definitely a game where it pays to learn as much as you can about strategy. By using good basic strategy, you can drop the house edge to at least 0.6% – if not lower with really favorable rules. But in order to get to this point, it’s important to ask questions so you can clear up any myths and become a better player. That said, here are some of the most commonly asked questions in regard to online blackjack games.
1. Can you beat Blackjack?
Right away, many new players want to know if it’s possible to win when you play blackjack. As for winning long-term, you’ll need to become a card counter in brick and mortar casinos. However, this isn’t an easy (or cheap) pursuit – or else a lot more people would be counting cards. It’s also possible to beat online blackjack with regular strategy and luck on your side. After all, some internet blackjack games only feature a 0.3% - 0.4% edge, which actually gives you a realistic opportunity to win some profits.
2. How Hard is it to learn Regular Blackjack Strategy?
A very common question among new blackjack players involves wanting to know how difficult basic strategy is to execute. And the answer is that pretty much anybody can learn perfect strategy in a relatively short amount of time. All you need is a blackjack strategy chart (table), which shows the correct moves to make in each situation. This is especially nice in online blackjack because there’s nobody pressuring you to make a decision. In land-based casinos, you might want to study your chart some beforehand so you’re not slowing down the game and annoying the dealer/players.
3. Why shouldn’t I split 10’s?
Anybody who follows the advice in Question #2 will notice that all blackjack strategy charts suggest to stay on a pair of 10’s every time. This definitely seems strange too – especially when you could spit these cards up and start two hands with a 10. But the reason why it’s advised that you don’t split up 10’s is because 20 is already a great hand. And by breaking it up, you could end up with something like a 16 in one hand and an 18 in the other. Long story short, keep your 20 together and take the likley win.
4. What Rules should I look for in Blackjack Games?
Regardless of where you play blackjack – whether it be online or in land-based casinos – there are certain rules which you should always look for. The first and most important is that the game you’re playing should offer 3:2 blackjack payouts instead of 6:5; this lone rule lowers the house edge by 1.3%. Another important rule involves the dealer standing on a soft 17, rather than hitting on it. When the dealer stands here, the casino edge drops by another 0.22%. Fewer decks can also impact blackjack games quite a bit since moving from the traditional 6-deck tables to single deck knocks 0.4% off the house edge. But be careful because casinos like to slip 6:5 blackjack payouts into these games!
5. How do I get Comps?
Many players are interested in picking up comps when they play blackjack, but aren’t sure how the process works. With online blackjack, it’s extremely easy because the software tracks everything for you and awards comps accordingly. As for brick and mortar casinos, the process is a little different because not every player is automatically going to get tracked. This being said, you should always talk to the front desk about getting your play tracked long before taking a seat. Even low stakes players can get some really nice rewards if they play blackjack long enough.
6. What’s the Easiest Card Counting System to use?
Assuming you’re looking to count cards – yet don’t want to spend forever learning the practice – the REKO, K-O (Knockout) and Hi-Lo strategies are all fairly easy to understand. Of course the question is always debated among blackjack strategists; however, these three systems are widely considered very simple. Do note that there’s a lot more to understanding card counting, including how to avoid detection, bankroll management and bet spreading.
7. Why should I never take Insurance?
At first glance, taking insurance when the dealer is showing an ace sounds like a good idea. After all, insurance pays 2:1 on your side bet and evens everything out when/if you lose the original bet. However, the key word to focus on here is “side bet” because that’s exactly what insurance is – a terrible side wager with a 7.86% house edge. The reason why insurance is so bad is because the dealer will only have a 10-value card one-third of the time. And since you’re only getting paid 2:1 if the dealer has a blackjack, this is a long-term losing proposition.