Blackjack for Intermediate Players – How To Play (and Win) at Blackjack


Welcome to this GamblingSites.org how-to video. Today, we’ll be providing you with our “Intermediate
Blackjack” guide, with some tips for players with some blackjack playing experience. Once you’re past the beginner’s level,
it’s time to begin to consider the complexities of the game. This includes knowing what the correct playing
decisions are, how the odds and probabilities work, and whether or not you want to learn
how to count cards. Most casinos sell small cards with the mathematically
correct blackjack decisions on them, but rule variations can impact the strategies in certain
situations. You can find a handy digital chart on our
website, GamblingSites.org. That said, a lot of the guidelines for basic
strategy are pretty much common sense… you don’t have to have a math degree to know
that you should always stand when you have 20. On the other end, you don’t have to be a
rocket scientist to know that you should always hit on 9. The reason that you can determine the correct
decision in every single situation is because you can calculate the odds in all of those
situations. A deck of cards has 52 cards in it. There’s never a deck with 5 aces, or 3 kings,
so the ratios and probabilities are known quantities. Gambling games are always about odds and probability,
and all casino games have a built-in house edge. For most, it hovers around 5%. However, blackjack’s long-term house edge
is generally between 0.5% and 1%, making it one of the best games in the casino for the
smart player. One of the most interesting aspects of probability
in blackjack is that the game has a memory, and what happens on previous hands affects
future hands. For example, if you’re playing single-deck
blackjack and all four aces come out on one hand and they don’t shuffle the deck before
dealing the next hand, you know it’s impossible to get a natural blackjack since all of the
aces have been dealt out of the deck already. One strategy that most beginner players don’t
use, but intermediate players should consider, is the Surrender. When you surrender, you give up half of your
wager and forfeit your hand. In some cases, it might make sense to surrender
your hand and agree to lose half of your wager rather than risk losing your entire bet. We have a video and an article that goes into
Surrendering in more detail. Counting cards is easier than most people
think. This does not mean memorizing an entire deck
of cards, it means tracking the ratio of high cards to low cards that are left in the deck
or shoe. A deck with a proportionally higher number
of high cards in it favors the player, because it means that a blackjack is more likely to
occur. You then raise or lower your wagers depending
on how favorable or unfavorable that ratio is. We have plenty of additional videos and articles
for you to make sure you are the best blackjack player you can be… including more within
the “Intermediate Blackjack” section… so make sure to check out GamblingSites.org
for even more on the game. And if you are among the most advanced blackjack
players, you can also progress to our “Advanced Blackjack” section to try and squeeze every
tenth of a percentage point of advantage out of the casino.

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