The Number 21

by Clinton Miller

All those familiar with this game of ‘Hit, Stand, Bust’, know that Blackjack always favors the dealer, who is viable to lose in few circumstances. To play the game well and work around the risk of losing, one must be well versed with the basic blackjack strategy and other tips and tricks to enhance their play. For this, practicing the game in varied scenarios over and over again may turn an amateur into a pro in no time. Once can therefore understand the basic rules and then the minute intricacies to learn and earn over time.

Blackjack is all about the number 21; to win the game, a player’s cards must be higher than the dealer’s without going over 21. If the value of one’s cards exceeds 21, they automatically go ‘bust’ and lose. The dealer has to continue taking cards or a ‘hit’ until his cards are over 17, while a player can choose to ‘hit’ or ‘stand’, i.e., stop at current total. One basic technique to hedge one’s chances at winning is to ensure the dealer busts before you even reach a hand of 17 or more. This requires one to consider carefully, ones own hand and that of the dealer while making the ‘hit’ or ‘stand’ decision. You will slowly get the hang of when to ‘hit’ and when to ‘stand’.

When playing, the website is the dealer and a player can refer to a basic strategy chart, which shows best moves for all scenarios, which helps memorize the techniques. Such strategy charts are available on many websites. The more experienced players can use the ‘doubling down’ and ‘split’ techniques in the game, though; beneficial usage of these requires expertise and experience. What is most important to win at blackjack is that one should know instinctively the theoretical best move for any hand they hold. While, blackjack is a game of luck, one cannot rule out the fundamentals of probability. Essentially, all card games require a blend of luck and skills. So the best way to enhance skills and judge one’s luck without losing any money. It’s interesting, challenging and enjoyable. Try your hands at blackjack and you never know, you might make a fortune from the same.