|~ Blackjack is a
game of mathematics.
~ Seek out blackjack tables
with the most favorable rules.
~ Not all blackjack games
are created equal. There's a wide range of rule
variations, some good for the player, and some
designed to do nothing but pad the house
~ Among the rules that are good
for the player: Dealer stands on all 17s; player
may double-down on any first two cards; player may
double down after splitting pairs; player may re
split Aces; player may surrender (after his first
two cards, the player may surrender half his bet
in exchange for not having to play out the hand.)
~ Among the rules that are
bad for the player: Dealer hits soft 17,
double-downs are restricted to 9, 10, or 11;
player may not double after splitting pairs;
player may not re split pairs; player may not
~ Do you see a pattern here?
Player options rules that give the player the most
room to make decisions-are good, provided the
player knows how to use them. Rules that restrict
player decisions are bad.
~ The number of decks also
enters the picture. If all other rules are equal,
fewer decks are better. The house edge is lowest
with a single deck, makes its biggest jump in
switching from one deck to two, and increases by
lesser amounts with each deck added to the shoe.
~ You should take advantage
of our Blackjack chart to the right of the page.
By following these moves, you'll eliminate many
common mistakes and greatly improve you odds of
winning. You can bookmark this site (press
"Ctrl" + "D" at the same time)
or just print out the page to keep it for
reference. Good Luck!