Your strategy certainly varies according to which version of blackjack you are playing and depending on which table you are sitting at, but some basic strategies exist and allow you to reduce the croupier's advantage to less than 1%.
It is therefore essential to memorise these strategies, even though they are difficult to remember: you need to show a great deal of focus to apply them, considering the speed at which blackjack is played.
Here are several simplified tips regarding those basic strategies, which you need to put into practise in order to master the art of blackjack, and which are used according to the various options you are offered once you received your two cards and saw the croupier's card.
- If the total value of your hand reaches 18, you should stop.
- When you decide to draw cards, make sure you always have a hand whose value is under 11.
- When the total value of your hand is 10, you can choose to double your bet only if the value of your cards is over the croupier's.
- If your hand includes an Ace you count as 1 point and the total value of your hand is superior or equal to 17, you should stop. On the other hand, if the total is somewhere between 12 and 16, you should draw another card.
- If your hand includes an Ace you decide to count as 11 points and the total value of your hand is superior or equal to 18, you should stop. If the total is below 17, draw another card.
- When you have acquired some experience, you will realise that it is always better not to take the “insurance” option.