# Common mistakes at blackjack

If you don't want to risk losing your bets when you play blackjack, pay attention to common mistakes made by online blackjack players and do your best to avoid them.

The following 6 are the main ones and you need to be aware of them if you want to apply basic strategies properly and optimise your chances of profit.

## 1 – With a “stiff” hand

The first mistake consists in drawing a new card when you have a so-called “stiff” hand (i.e. whose total value is somewhere between 12 and 16 points) and the croupier's face-up card is below 7. In that case, you should rather choose to “stay”.

## 2 – When you have an Ace

When your hand is comprised of an Ace that you count as 11 points (this hand is called soft), choosing to stay is a mistake: you should draw a new card.

## 3 – With a pair of 8s

If you have a pair of 8s in hand, it would be a mistake not to make a split: indeed, splitting allows you to reduce the croupier's chances to win the bet.

## 4 – If you have a pair of face cards

Conversely, when you have a pair of face cards, you should never “split” the cards in two hands, which is a commonly made mistake. It is better to “stay”: the total worth of your hand of two face cards is already 20! It's quite difficult to get closer to 21, unless you reach 21, but you risk losing everything while trying!

## 5 – With a total of 11 points

Your hand's total worth is 11 and the croupier has a card whose worth is 10: the common mistake made by players is not to dare “doubling” in this situation. On the contrary, “doubling” your bet and receiving a new card is a risk that is worth taking because it could yield a lot!

## 6 – If the croupier's card is weak

Finally, if the croupier's face-up card is weak, i.e. below 7, you would make a mistake if you didn't take advantage of the situation! This mistake related to blackjack players' fear of taking risks is a recurrent one: you should “double” without hesitation.

Consequently, it is often risk-taking that prevents you from making mistakes and passing by victory: you should however make sure you are in one of the previously mentioned situations and that the risk is indeed worth... a blackjack!

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