Blackjack Tips Every Beginner Should Know

by Olivia Lee

Ready to try your hand at blackjack? This casino classic is easy to learn, but difficult to master. Before you hit the felt table at an ewm online{逸萬門娛樂} casino, brush up on these beginner blackjack tips.

Tips to remember

  • In blackjack, your goal is to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than the dealer’s hand, without going over 21 (busting). Face cards (cards with a royal flush) are worth 10 points, aces are worth 1 or 11 points (depending on which is better for your hand), and all other cards are worth their numerical value.
  • The basic blackjack strategy is to always hit if your hand value is below 11, stand if it is above 17, and use the chart below if it is in between. However, this basic strategy does not take into account the fact that the dealer also has a hand that they are trying to improve.
  • If the dealer’s visible card is an ace, they will offer “insurance” to the players before taking any more action. Insurance bets pay 2-to-1 and protect you in case the dealer draws a blackjack (a natural 21 on their first two cards). If you’re just playing for fun, then there’s no harm in taking insurance once in a while as a sucker bet. But don’t do it too often or you’ll end up losing money in the long run.
  • If you draw a blackjack (a natural 21 on your first two cards), most casinos will give you the option to take “even money.” This means that instead of winning 3-to-2 odds on your blackjack, you will only win 1-to-1 odds. Unless you’re playing with house rules that specifically state otherwise, always decline even money when offered and take 3-to2 odds on your natural blackjacks instead.


With these beginner tips in mind, grab some chips and find an open seat at the nearest blackjack table!

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