Best Blackjack Betting Strategies:
1. Basic Strategy sand Basic Odds
- Let’s start with two basic blackjack strategies – basic strategy (also know as ‘house edge’) and basic odds. In simple terms, when you play blackjack with a adhere to the following:
- Your cards will have a value against all cards up to 21 – anything higher than the ‘winning’ card is a negative value and anything below is a positive value.
- All ties are broken by moving the 10 cards one at a time.
- If you go over 21 – bust (as the name implies) you lose no matter what the dealer has.
- If you are dealt an Ace (it counts as 1 or 11, depending on the casino) you have 3 options:
- 1. Stand (all you have is ‘in’), you can’t bet again!
- 2. Hit (you scored a face card, of course) – the dealer will give you another card, you simple have to hit until you lose, or until you have no more money in your play area.
- 3. Double Down (you scored a 9 and the dealer scored a 10 – double your bet) – as you now have 2 cards, you can double your bet in any way you like.
Choosing to double down when you have 9 or 10 points is the most basic strategy for gaining a edge over the casino.
- 2. Negative & Positive Progression Systems
One very popular blackjack betting strategy is the negative and positive progression systems. These systems are not as complicated as the positive systems, but still offer a good degree of challenge.
The most common negative progression system is the ‘RAB’ system.
The ‘RAB’ system is a rough, basic blackjack betting strategy.
It works best when there are no positive points and no negative points.
- To start, you stand on a table with a maximum bet. If you win, you add a further bet equal to the original bet on the table. If you lose, you add a further bet equal to the original bet on the table.
- You place your bets on the ‘stand’ or ‘don’t stand’ areas of the table. That area in which you have chosen not to stand still becomes the ‘zone’.
- Whatever card the dealer shows, you must assume it is higher. Cards that add up to more than 21 are called ‘bust cards’.
- If you have the blackjack, you are in the ‘zone’. You are irrespective of the dealer’s card or you have 21. You are in the zone if the dealer’s card is an ace, a 4,5, or a 6.
- A face card (Jack, Queen, King) are given ten points. Aces worth 1, and all other cards are worth their face value.
- The dealer must hit at a minimum of 16 points, but his points are not attached to any specific card.
You can double your bet without facing a doubling bet seen as part of the basic strategy. You double your bet without facing a doubling bet seen as part of the basic strategy whenever you have been dealt two cards of the same denomination.
This can again be applied to the zone of between 12 and 16, and also the next lower level, 5 to 9.
The surrender option is the option that allows you to essentially end the game in your favor by surrendering your bet and any additional bets you have placed during the initial two rounds of the game.
Zone is one of the most important strategy concepts to become successful at playing blackjack.
Blackjack betting and playing options:
The betting options in blackjack are many and while we detail out the basic betting options, the game may not have been fully explored. Below are some of the basic betting options that are commonly used.
Single or Double: This is the most common betting option. When you are playing online, you can easily see the card in your hand as it is posted, and you can easily tell whether you have chosen an option of single or double.
When you are playing blackjack in the bricks and mortar casinos, you may be led to choose the single option. As such, you have the choice of placing your bet only between hands. In the online version, you are offered the choice of doubling your bet in between hands.