How Blackjack rules vary with each game
Professional gamblers know almost every detail about the game of Blackjack, which is probably why they are successful in winning over the house. As for the rest of us, no one is looking to jump forward and teach us how to properly play the game. For this reason we searched the internet far and wide to bring you a comprehensive list of rules that each aspiring professional should know and use.
Like most gambling games, there are winning odds and losing odds, and without a proper strategy you might not have the budget to try your luck a second time. By knowing the rules you increase your winning chances and your gambling experience, you will have more confidence in proceeding with your bets and you will also be more relaxed knowing that Ace is up your sleeve at all times.
- If the table rule is S17, this means that the dealer stands on all soft 17s. On the other hand, H17 indicates that the dealer will hit all soft 17s so you might have a better chance at winning the hand if the dealer goes Bust. In any case, you should make sure you are clear on the distinction between these two rules and even ask the dealer if you need to.
- Although the house edge is basically unchanged once you pass 4 decks of cards used in a single game, always make sure you are aware how many decks the dealer is playing with. Depending on the casino, you can have 1, 2, 4, 6, or 8 decks Blackjack and the lower that number is the higher your chances for a win are.
- Early Surrender and Late Surrender are both part of the Surrender game rule. Although not all casinos abide this rule, some will allow the player to leave half his bet without finishing the hand and recover the other half. Basically, if it looks like you are holding a losing hand, and the casino allows it, you should but your losses and end the game without playing your hand. When surrendering you will at least walk away with half the money you invested. Not such a bad deal!
- Aside from Aces, most casinos will allow you to split and re-split pairs of cards. Make sure you ask before the game begins and take advantage of this rule whenever you get the chance. Most often than not re-splitting will yield some wins, if not the winning hand.
- Doubling down can be allowed by certain casinos when you have a split hand. Also, some operators will only allow doubling down on a hand of 10 or 11.
- If the dealer doesn’t get his last card until after all players have finished playing their hands, this means the game has a European no-hole-card rule in place.
- When nearing a table that offers 6 to 5 or 1 to 1 payouts, turn around and run as fast as you can. The usual pay out for casinos is 3 to 2, anything lower than this will most surely result in more losses than wins, so be careful what game you are playing.
- Commonly the tie games are won by the player. If a Dealer win ties is announced, take your chips and try your luck at another table that does not include this rule.
- When splitting, some casinos will allow you to take Insurance. This will make sure you will not lose your whole bet if you have a losing hand.
- Although it’s cool that casinos allow side bets, they are generally a bad idea for the player to make use of this rule. A side bet is when you are allowed to place another bet beside your main one and it will depend on the specific rule of that particular game, or on the casino rules pertaining to side bets.