In blackjack, the best hand is called a ‘natural’. An Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or 10 card combination has the highest probability of being a natural blackjack. Having this hand is almost unbeatable, but only if the dealer has the same card as you: a blackjack. If that happens, your bet becomes a push. In addition, the dealer can get a blackjack if you’ve had an ace, as well.
Face cards are a key factor in blackjack strategy
When it comes to blackjack strategy, the value of face cards is an important consideration. The value of the ace is largely up to the player, while the value of the other cards, including aces, is based on the value of the dealer’s upcard. Players place their bets in the appropriate area. The betting limits are fixed, and are typically set at $2 up to $500 per player.
Insurance is an option in blackjack
In blackjack, an insurance bet is a separate proposition wager that is offered to the player when the dealer has an ace up. This bet pays 2 to 1, so if you win, you’ll lose your original bet, but if you lose, you can still get back half of your original bet. When you’re offered insurance, you’ll place the insurance chips in a semicircular stripe that says, “Insurance Pays 2 to 1”.
Dealing with a dealer showing a 10-value card
If the dealer is showing a 10-value card, your best bet is to double down. In blackjack, a player can double down if he has an 11, but a dealer showing a 10 is likely to be busted. If he does not have an 11, it is better to double down on the next card in the deck. A player with a nine or an eleven is always a good double against a dealer with a three or a six.
Splitting two 8’s
If you’ve been playing blackjack for a while, you’ve probably noticed that splitting two eights in blackjack is not always the best choice. Whenever you’re counting hands, you might want to avoid splitting up pairs of eights. This is because you’re giving yourself an advantage by having more chances to get a ten or face card. The ten or face card can make a hand worth eight 17 or 18, thereby increasing your chances of a push or a win if the dealer busts. You should, however, pay close attention to the casino’s rules on this strategy.
Dealing with a dealer showing an ace
A soft hand is a hand in which the dealer has an ace and a non-ten-card. The dealer must hit a soft 17 in order to stand. After the dealer peeks, a player can still hit or stand. However, if the dealer has a hard hand, he will stand only if he has a total of eighteen or higher.