Advanced Blackjack Strategies

Hi, I’m Renny and today I’m covering some advanced BlackJack playing options and strategies!

In that video, we covered four basic playing options: hitting, standing, doubling down and splitting. In this video, we’re talking moves that help minimize your losses when your hand is bad news bears (like when it totals 16) and the dealer’s hand seems legit (like when the face up card is a 9, 10, face or Ace). The first option is to surrender, which means recovering half your bet and giving the other half to the house.

Another option is to take insurance, which means to make an additional bet that the dealer has blackjack. Do this if and before the dealer checks the “hole card.” The maximum insurance bet is half the value of your original bet so that if the dealer has blackjack, you break even. But be warned: at over 7% house advantage, taking insurance is rarely a smooth move. Adopt a strategy to up your chance of winning and cut the house advantage down to 0.5%.

Basic strategy compares your move options and their effects on your winning odds in a big chart. S is ‘Stand’, H is ‘hit’, Dh is ‘double or hit’, Ds is ‘Double or stand’, SP is ‘split’ and SU is ‘surrender.’ It bears common practices in mind, like: never split double tens, and always split eights and Aces. Find it online, memorize it, apply it and you’ll be thanking us. Card-counting is a more advanced strategy that involves evaluating the types of cards that remain in the deck and adapting strategy accordingly. When lots of tens and aces remain in the deck, the odds tend to favor the player. When the remaining cards are mostly small cards, they favor the dealer.

The house will always have a slight advantage over the player. But the fact that BlackJack involves skill and strategy – in other words, more than just luck – makes it the cheapest casino game with the most potential for profit. So brush up on your skills and strategies and head to Online Casinos Canada for the best online casinos…in Canada! Oh, and check back soon for more videos to help guide you through the kickass casino selection with me – Renny!

Happy betting, my Canadian brethren – and good luck!

Blackjack Mistakes to Avoid | Gambling Tips

Hey guys. I wanted to go into some mistakes to avoid at the Blackjack table. There are a few.

It’s not as daunting as you may think it is. It’s not really a whole lot of things that you need to avoid, but I just wanted to touch up on the basic ones. Here we’ve got a wide set of circumstances where a lot of people will do the wrong thing.

In the case here, it’s a player here with a 15. One of the big mistakes that players will get a little too passive with their hands. 14s, 15s, 16s. Even when the dealer is, it doesn’t matter what the dealer’s showing, they’re just afraid that they’re going to bust, so they’re not even going to bother. And that’s not really a good way that you’d want to play, because, generally, with the dealer showing a card like, say, this 9, he’s going to make a hand more often than he’s not going to make a hand, so by just deciding, I’m not going to hit my 15, in the long run, you’re going to end up costing yourself a lot of money. In the case here, he hit, but he ends up over 21.

But at least he gave himself a shot against the 9, as opposed to just being a sitting duck with a 15. A lot of times another thing players will do, too, is they’ll be a little too aggressive with their hand. Where a player will have a soft 14, versus a 9, and he’ll do something like he’ll just want to double down on it. He just wants to get more money out. Which, that never works out very well, because any hand where you can’t make at least a 20, it’s generally not a hand you’re going to want to double down on.

True, he can make a 6 or a 7 with the 3, but if he misses, which, most of the time, he will; like, now, he’s got a 12. He’s stuck with a 12, nothing you can do about it, and he’s got 400 out, versus a 9. Another thing that people want to do, and this falls under the category of aggressive, is do moves like splitting 10s.

Where, everybody at the table probably winces as you do it, you split these 10s, now you’re looking for two 10s or better. Now you’ve got a 15, and then you elect to hit the 15. He lucks out with a 20, but then this hand here, he’s got 18. He’s behind. So if the dealer ends up making a hand, then he will more than likely just push, as opposed to if he would have won straight out with a 20.

Another thing that falls under aggressive plays would be splitting too often. So a lot of times people will want to split a pair of 7s because they want to get more money out, just for whatever reason. So now, you’ve got one hand that was okay, the 14, but now instead, now you’ve got a hand where you turned your marginal hand, now you’ve got two of them that you’re stuck with. So, if he decides he wants to hit the 16, now he busts, now he’s got a 17 that he’s stuck with. What’s going to happen now, he’s hoping he had a 19, he did, and he’s got a 14, dealer draws to a 20. So now he just lost two bets by splitting his 7s.

And he loses his bet, and then you’ve got the guy who decided to split his 10s, he loses one of them, he pushes one. He could have just stayed and whatever would have happened with the cards would have happened with the cards. But instead, now he loses money, and the guy who was aggressive with his soft 14, he ended up with this hard 12, he ends up losing as well. So, these are a lot of mistakes that a lot of players make that I like to try to help you guys avoid, because mistakes like that cost you money, and then it swings the odds even further in the house’s favor.