Beginner’s guide to Blackjack Strategy

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Before blackjack, there was "21," a game whose origin is unknown. You can find the first printed reference in the book "Rinconete y Cortadillo", by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes, who also wrote "Don Quixote". It seems Cervantes himself seems to have been a player, so it is easy to understand why some fraudsters working in Seville turn out to be the protagonists of this story. According to this short story, written between 1601 and 1602, implies that twenty one (veintiuna in Spanish) was played in Castile at least at the beginning of the 17th century.

Once twenty-one got to the United States, the gambling houses put up bonus payouts to attract players, one of these was a 10-to-1 payout for each hand with the ace of Spades plus another black jack, Jack of Spades or Jack of clubs). Naturally, this hand became known as "Blackjack," and soon the name was associated with the game, even after the original 10-to-1 bonus was phased out. In the contemporary game, Blackjack now refers to each hand with an Ace plus a Ten or a face card of any suit or suit.

The Journal of the American Statistical Association published "The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack" in September 1956, the first attempt to develop an optimal blackjack strategy using mathematics. Ed Thorp's famous book "Beat the Dealer" in 1963 was also inspired by this publication.

Nowadays, online blackjack, along with poker, is one of the most popular casino games available on the Internet.

Online Blackjack

As a beginner, you will need to know that players compete against each other in order to compare cards with dealer. In this other post, you can review the most common errors in online blackjack.

The object of the game is to beat the dealer with one of these methods:

Each player receives two cards, which are shown up or down according to the casino and the table you choose. In the United States, the dealer is also dealt two cards - usually one face up and the other face down. In European online blackjack, however, the dealer is dealt only one card face up and therefore does not draw until the player's hand is complete.

The values of two to ten cards are their traditional numerical values of 2 to 10. Of the "face cards," Jack, Queen and King are worth ten each, and an Ace can be valued at either one or eleven. So what a hand is worth is the sum of the face cards. Players can draw additional cards to upgrade their hand to 21.

How many versions of online blackjack are there?

The most common blackjack variants are:

What is a "soft" hand and a "hard" hand?

Any hand in which the Ace scores 11 points is called "soft," which means that when taking another card, the hand does not burst because the value of the Ace can become an Ace, so that the hand does not exceed 21. Otherwise, the hand is described as "hard," in which case there is always the risk that another card will exceed the 21 maximum.

Visit our online blackjack glossary to learn more about the specific terms used to play this exciting card game.

What does hitting and standing mean?

Each game needs a rule on whether the dealer must hit Soft 17 or stand on Soft 17. This is usually shown on the table itself. Where the dealer must hit Soft 17, the abbreviated code is "H17." And where the stand-on Soft 17 variant is used, the abbreviated code is "S17." Switching from an "H17" rule to "S17" benefits the player, otherwise the house benefits.

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