How to Learn Blackjack

Every now and then I’m treated to ‘new’ ways to learn blackjack.

This morning I heard tell of a site where someone new to blackjack and looking for a place to learn can go. All this particular educational site has on it is videos. So all a novice blackjack player does is sit down, watch all the videos and then, wa-la, he knows how to play blackjack.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.

Blackjack is a game of skill. And, like any skill worth learning, it takes effort to learn. Sitting down and just watching a video series is not enough. Blackjack must be practiced. This applies to both online blackjack and casino blackjack.

Sure, you could read everything that I have written on this site, and while you will have an abundance of information about blackjack and information about how to play blackjack, it doesn’t mean that you have ‘gotten’ the game.

Blackjack must be practiced.

Think of it as like learning to ride a bike. You could watch videos and videos about it. You could read books about it. But it doesn’t mean that you’ll be perfect when you climb on a bike the first time.

So how do you practice blackjack?

You can go to a casino and play in low stakes games. Make sure you take a basic strategy chart with you though since it’ll help you hang onto your bankroll while you’re learning.

Or you can go to an online casino and practice blackjack in the practice modes of their casino software. Reputable online casinos have two versions of their software, the version in which you play with real money that you’ve deposited to your account, and a practice version in which you play with pretend money.

Practicing at an online casino doesn’t cost anything. The player account is free. And if you want to download the casino software it’s free too. Or you can practice in the instant play version of their software. The point is that an online casino doesn’t cost you money until you choose to deposit money there.

So go on, read about blackjack. Watch videos about blackjack. But then make sure you practice so that you understand the plays you’re making, and become comfortable with basic strategy. Practicing any skill will only improve your ability to use that skill over time.

In other words, the more you practice, the better at blackjack you will be.