Luckily for players, blackjack (often known as 21), has the best house odds for gamblers; meaning if you’re looking to get into a new game with limited risk, blackjack is the one for you. One of the many perks of the game is that you’re only playing against the dealer, rather than intimidating poker champs, so the pressure isn’t quite as intense. The low house edge is also a great incentive to blackjack players, as it’s only 0.17% with a single deck (52 cards).
Beginning with two cards each, the ways to beat the dealer in blackjack are:
- Get a ’blackjack’ (21 points) on your first two cards
- Reach a final score higher than the dealer without going over a total of 21
- Let the dealer draw additional cards until their hand exceeds 21
A ’blackjack’, the hand the game is named after, includes two cards featuring at least one ace and a face card (Jack, Queen or King), that equals 21.
The optimal strategy for blackjack is always basic strategy, which involves playing your hand of any value against the dealer’s up-card, as it loses the least money to the house in the long-term. This tactic, if implemented flawlessly, can drop the house odds to just 0.5%. Continue reading