Who’s afraid of blackjack?
Actually quite a lot of people.
So what do they do when at the casinos?
They play slots. They want to try playing strategic games, they want to try blackjack. But they’re afraid of it.
What are they afraid of?
They’re afraid of making mistakes when playing. I suppose this is understandable. We all know that there are die-hard blackjack players who are barely able to restrain themselves when a novice player doesn’t play exactly right. So it’s completely understandable that a novice blackjack player would be intimidated.
But, hey, everyone makes mistakes—even those die-hard blackjack players.
So how do you, slot player or not, gain the confidence to play blackjack?
Start at the beginning and learn the rules. The objective is to beat the dealer without going over 21.
You will be dealt two cards. Add up their value to get your hand total. The dealer will have also received two cards, one will be face up and the other face down.
At this point you have to choose how to play. If you want to try to increase your hand total, then hit for more cards. Once you are happy with your hand total you stand. You can also stand if you are happy with the first two cards you were dealt—you do not have to hit unless you wish to. You can also double down; you would double your original bet and receive one more card before having to stand. If you are dealt two cards with the same value, a pair, you can split them into two separate hands by adding another bet of the same amount as the your original. Each card will receive another card so that each hand will start with two cards. You then play each hand individually.
Learning the game is the easy part. The hard part, and this is what intimidates new players the most, which play to you make and when?
This is surprisingly easy too. Use a basic strategy chart. This is a chart with the best statistical play for every card total versus each dealer’s up card. A basic strategy chart will tell you how to play each hand. Just play how it tells you to and stick with it. You will win more hands in the long run than if you played without it.
This will give you a good start in learning blackjack. Try playing at low stakes table to start out with or practice playing for free online in a casino’s free play mode. Practice will help build your confidence and make you comfortable with the game.