What to Split and What Not to Split

There seems to be some confusion amongst the ranks of novice blackjack players. While some pairs should only be split depending on what the dealer’s up card is, there are some that should or shouldn’t be split regardless of what the dealer has. And these apply to blackjack online and land-based blackjack alike. First the … Continue reading What to Split and What Not to Split

That Two Isn’t as Bad as You Think

I’m not sure why but there seems to be this idea in blackjack that a dealer having a 2 for an up card being a bad thing. You’ve probably heard other players say things that imply fear of a 2. A 2. It’s a little card! The one fear that is actually true when it … Continue reading That Two Isn’t as Bad as You Think

Insurance Not Good for Basic Strategy

Insurance is a much debated play in blackjack. To take it or not? And the school of thought seems to be split pretty evenly, with one side believing that if they have blackjack and they take insurance that they are guaranteed even money, odds aside. What insurance really is, is a side bet on whether … Continue reading Insurance Not Good for Basic Strategy

Casinos Pouting About Card Counting Players

If you follow gambling news then you’ve probably already heard of this Thomas P. Donovan and the Grand Victoria Casino. If you haven’t, let me give you a quick recap: In 2006 the Grand Victoria threw Donovan out of their casino in Rising Sun, Indiana for card counting. He sued and lost. So he went … Continue reading Casinos Pouting About Card Counting Players

A Little Something Extra for Your Basic Strategy

Basic strategy is already an awesome skill to have in your blackjack arsenal. But you can add to it, tweek at bit you might say. Let’s look at this situation: you have just been dealt a 16 against a dealer’s 10. Basic strategy dictates that you hit here. And for the most part that’s going … Continue reading A Little Something Extra for Your Basic Strategy

Perfect Basic Strategy

Does such a thing exist? Yes, in fact it does. So why haven’t casinos banned this too? Simple. People can’t seem to play it right or stick with it. It’s true. I don’t know how often I hear about how there is no way to beat casinos. That there’s nothing that can be done about … Continue reading Perfect Basic Strategy

Respect to the Dealer’s 7 Up Card

The dealer’s 7 up card isn’t given its due. Often underestimated, this card should be treated with more respect than most players give it. It’s just a card, right? No. So many times have I seen a player play their hand out the wrong way when facing down a dealer’s 7. When faced with a … Continue reading Respect to the Dealer’s 7 Up Card

House Rules to Look Out for Part III: Restrictions on Splitting

Splitting is fantastic. We like splitting pairs. And we love resplitting. For one thing is increases our chance at winning. But it also reduces the house’s edge, and who doesn’t love that? Unfortunately for us not all casinos, both land-based and online, don’t feel the same way that we do about splitting pairs in blackjack. … Continue reading House Rules to Look Out for Part III: Restrictions on Splitting

House Rules to Look Out for Part II: Restrictions on Doubling Down

We all know to keep an eye out for blackjack games that allow us to double down on any pair. This is a player friendly rule, allowing you to double your bet when it looks like you just might beat the dealer. So why would you avoid a table that still allows you to double … Continue reading House Rules to Look Out for Part II: Restrictions on Doubling Down

House Rules to Look Out for Part I: Dealer Hits on Soft Seventeen

Whether you’re playing blackjack online or are out there in a casino, there are some house rules that are not player friendly. Yes, I know you expect that when playing blackjack. But there are some, especially if you’re just starting out, that you will want to keep an eye out for—and avoid. When learning to … Continue reading House Rules to Look Out for Part I: Dealer Hits on Soft Seventeen