# How To Play Blackjack Tutorial

Don't show this again. Enter your email address below to subscribe to our weekly newsletter along with other special announcements from The Wizard of Odds! Players will calculate their hand total, and they will make a decision: Hi i have just started playing blackjack and i am doing fair your basic strategy game is a wonder. This bet would pay players But that effect is a minor one. I assume you mean you will play only in positive counts, otherwise there of course will be no expected profit.

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Aces can be counted as 11 or 1, depending on the blackjack hand. If it forms a total while being counted as 11, it is called soft, and if it creates a total while being counted as 1, it is called hard. For example, a hand that consists of an Ace and a five is a soft sixteen and a hard six.

Splitting is allowed in every blackjack game, but some games will not allow splitting Aces and some games will only allow players to split 1 time. Players who split aces will only be allowed to hit once and get one more card. Players can split unlike ten-value cards depending on the rules of each game; some allow it while some require players to get identical ten value cards so they can split.

Splitting means that players will place a new wager on the new hand, which is equal to the original wager was placed on the Blackjack hand; with four hands players can quadruple their original wager. Players will be permitted to double down after they get their first two cards.

Some games enable players to double down at any value and others only allow them to double down if they get a hand total that is equal 9, 10 or Players will only be able to get one more card after they double, they will have to take that card, and it is not optional. Some games will give players the chance to surrender their blackjack hand; it is the equivalent of folding in poker.

Players can make that decision after they are dealt the initial two cards. If they surrender, they will forfeit the hand, and they will lose half of their bet.

Sometimes it is better to lose half than to lose the entire bet. Players will win that bet if the hand has a blackjack. The dealer will peek and see his card once players place that wager and pay it out if it is a blackjack. If players do not place insurance, and the dealer gets a blackjack, all the wagers, except insurance will be losing ones.

If the player has a blackjack as well, it is considered a push. Some games will give players their bets back, and some versions consider a push to be in the favor of the house. For you to fully understand the game, it is essential to comprehend and master the odds of the game and learn about the advantage of the house.

It is critical to know how the house gets its edge. The house has a distinct advantage in blackjack over the players because players have to draw first. If they bust, the dealer will automatically win regardless of the hand of the dealer.

This is the main advantage the house has, and if everything else is equal, the house edge in a standard game of blackjack would be equal 8 percent. The player and the dealer have a 28 percent probability of going over Twenty-eight multiplied by twenty-eight means that 8 percent of the time the two hands will go over 21, and since the player will draw first, the dealer will win when they both bust. Of course, the odds are not equal among all blackjack games.

Some games offer players great advantages and, to balance these benefits; the casino increases its advantage or edge. Because of this, it is essential for players to know everything about the game before playing. For example, the number of decks in play has a tremendous effect. Some games draw cards from a single deck, which can affect the odds significantly while other games draw the cards from six different decks of cards.

If a game uses one deck of cards, the house will change other rules to increase its odds and reduce the odds for players. This is because when a player gets an Ace, it means there are 3 Ace cards left which decrease the chances for the dealer to get one of these aces. On the other hand, if the game uses 6 decks, it means that there are 23 Aces remaining in the deck.

For example, if players get two cards, and they hit, the hand total will increase, and the chance of busting will increase and so on. Since Blackjack is one of the games with a reputation for counting cards, a lot of researchers and gamblers have studied the game and the odds so they can increase their chances of winning.

For them to do that, they had to make up a counting system that would increase their advantage. This is why there are published studies that show the percentage of busting and getting a blackjack depending on the first 2 cards, the hand total of the player and the facing up card of the dealer. You can find more about these strategies and percentages in the Strategy section. Before discussing strategy, let us go through some numbers that can be quite helpful. For starters, we will discuss the bust probabilities for each hand total.

This will enable players to optimize their game to the fullest by knowing the percentage of busting if they ask for one more card. From these numbers, players can find out when they should stand and when they should hit. Players who get a hand total between 2 and sixteen should generally hit and get another card. I really enjoy your practice platform. I was wondering, can we play online and make money or should we avoid that and only play in casinos? Card counting is not much of an option online, although the possibility does exist in the live-dealer games that a few places offer.

The bonuses and promotions can also be profitable sometimes, but these days it is tough to get an actual positive play at online casinos. So it really depends on what you want from the game. All set now, and back to work. Will you post something in this section when the new version is out?

I want to wait and get the latest. In the mean time what book or video do you recommend on winning at blackjack? I have only played about 5 times not counting cards at the casinos on the 21 plus 3 card tables and have had some decent luck, especially the 3 card bet and would like to learn a bit more about that betting too.

Thanks for your practice game, it has been helpful. Things can certainly change quickly. BlackjackInfo has a new owner who took over this month. I know the new team has some excellent resources available for blackjack trainer software. If you are referring to the other product on this page, Casino Verite is not involved in these changes, and the latest version is available as always at the provided Amazon links. Going to Vegas in Sept. I have basic strategy down.

If you plan to count, you will need to look a lot harder to find decent regular shuffled games at that level. The first thing to check is make sure that blackjack pays 3: Check TI for some decent low-limit blackjack tables, or look downtown.

The rules are generally going to be 6 deck or 8 deck, dealer hits soft 17, no surrender. Yes, you are right that Flash is dying. My development of the new mobile-friendly HTML5 version has been stalled a bit while my family prepares to move this summer. And yes, I get about an equal number of complaints about the game being rigged to be too easy and too hard. Ken, I just jumped on the trainer after a few months absence.

Started reading the comments and noticed that you will be launching a revised version. Any idea of the approximate launch date? Looking forward to the new version. Thanks again for a great strategy trainer! I will resume development in August, so I now expect a launch in the fall at the earliest. Assuming the same rules, BS, and betting pattern? If prior history is repeated, I will be inundated with emails asking why I made the game so much harder to beat, along with an equal number asking why I made it so much easier to beat!

That would be called luck. What algorithm is used for card shuffling? I think the trainer play along me. When is using late surrender with the dealer ace trainer first offers surrendering instead of insurance. And again I continue to win. May be there is a reason to imitate dealers shuffling, instead of mathematical random shuffling.

You may be right about the surrender issue, although it is possible that the surrender may only work if the dealer does NOT have blackjack.

Is there an iOS app version of this trainer for my iPad? Please email your response. The new mobile-friendly version is coming along slowly. I now think early Summer is the target.

Emailed also as requested. Suggestion for future versions of your Strategy Trainer; ties push, rather than dealer wins all ties….? The current Strategy Trainer works just fine in this regard. Ties are a push. You are being confused by the way the bankroll is adjusted up when the bet is returned to your bankroll, and then down by the bet being made again.

If you happen to look at the wrong moment, you only see the second half of that transaction. It works as it should. Yes, you can play as many spots as you like at the table in Casino Verite. And you can choose to have other spots played by automated players if you like. There is no download for the trainer here. If your device is not compatible with Flash, the current version hosted here on this page will not work. How come when you split Aces and then get another Ace the program will not let you split beyond two hands that is a flaw that needs to be corrected asap.

Yes, there is a problem with split Aces in the current version. A completely new trainer is in development and coming along nicely. Ive been playing on your trainer web getting ready to go to the casino.

I noticed that amount won many times is not added to the total. I thoutht maybe I was making a mistake but after careful watching of several hundred hands I confirmed that to be the case. Kind of makes me wonder if the rest of the software has a problem. Check it out and let me know what gives. No, there is no problem with the paying of winning hands in the free game.

The confusion comes from the way that your balance increases after the hand, and then immediately decreases again as the next bet is automatically made. Many people only notice the second part and think their balance is going down after a winning hand. Single deck, S17, DAS, 15 vs According to your B. What it the correct play? Does the discrepancy have to do with hand composition? The correct strategy is hit. I checked the source for the trainer, and it does appear this is a bug. In 2 or more decks S17 LS, you should surrender 15vT.

In 1 deck S17 LS, you should hit. The trainer is inaccurate, only in the one deck version. Thanks for pointing this out. Another option which might be nice for the next version: Those questions are going to depend on your edge and how willing you are to play with an advantage for these long periods.

CVData software , to accurately sim any game and counting system, or the book Blackjack Attack for a ton of pre-figured stats on many games. Something I noticed is that the dealer will still hit even if their first two cards have a greater total than mine and its under No sane dealer in real life would hit when they already have a total greater than yours, right? The dealer must follow the strict rules on hitting, and cannot choose to stand on a stiff total just because he would beat you.

For more, see Blackjack Rules. Thanks for the BJ game. The black letters on the green are a little hard for me to see. Hi, can i use the basic srategy playing rng bj like the one playtech offer in many different online casino, will it have the same effect as playing live casino?

How about an option to turn off the card total display? I have a LONG way to go yet. It would be stellar if the trainer could be configured to only deal the most difficult combinations for the player. The strategy engine on hitorsplit. I was wondering what should a player do if he lost the count of the cards dealt and does the count have to always be exact? The count does not have to be exact, but there are a few really dangerous mistakes you can make. If for example, you flip the sign, turning a negative count into a positive count, that would make you bet bigger money into bad situations.

Obviously an expensive mistake. If you truly lose all track of where the count is, just flat-bet the minimum until the shuffle. Thank you very much I was also wondering should a player enter the deck just as it has been shuffled and if not how should a player determine a count when there is only half of the deck to start with? You can start any time during the shuffle. Just think of the cards already in the discard tray as being behind the cut card instead. But everything works just the same.

I was also wondering how should a player go about betting when counting say the minimum bet is 2 and the maximum 10 with the bankroll of at what count would you advise to increase bets from the minimum? Doubling down gives a chance to double the amount of your bet after seeing your first two cards.

You mentioned a hand with a total of 10 in the first two cards. For a full explanation of doubling, see Blackjack Rules: Part 3 — Player Choices.

A new question regarding Lucky Lucky. I tried searching it up and apparently the Lucky Lucky LL bet is a profitable game when card counting is taken into consideration apparently 2 deck is best for it. If you are expecting a bunch of face cards to peel off, or blackjacks and the dealer has a 10, you can still win those bets fairly often. Hello Again, I recently finished my first month of card counting adventures. There have been times where I have bet 20 units and lost 80 units from splits and dd.

With your experience, what do you think a general estimated or spread would make hourly in betting units? Hello thanks for previous answers, new question!

I have a relatively small bankroll and comps and match plays really make a huge impact on my future game have not frequented many times yet , but wanted to clarify some thoughts.

Match plays offer a huge boost for low limit players. In fact the edge from coupons will often dwarf the rest of your advantage. Knowing that the probability of the next card being a 10 and more often busting than improving you, should you stand and pray the dealer has 6 or less and take that 10?

Or do you always hit since too many cards improve you and refer to basic strategy? Just always hit 12, 13, and 14 vs Ten. For 12vT and 13vT, the count basically never gets high enough to stand. With 14vT, the appropriate Hi-Lo index would be very high. Stand at 0 or higher. My Advanced cards have very precise indexes for 6 different sets of rules. Just started playing and want to get really good at black jack can u install a cheat such as best times to stay or hit?

So it becomes instinct after playing a few hundred hands. I assume you mean you would like a feature optional of course that shows you the correct play before you make the decision. The trainer already corrects you on mistakes, but I can see how some people may like an option to just see the best play beforehand.

Sort of like learning with flashcards. Sounds reasonable for the new version. I like it like it is. If you add the flashcard type version I hope you would make it an option like choosing how many decks, etc. If it were permanent I think I would think less before hitting, standing, or doubling down. Can you make an option to get rid of the count? Adding them in my head helps me train. Overall this is my favorite trainer so far. No firm timeframe yet for the new version, but I know it is months away still.

Hey Ken, its Brutus from the old forums. I never tried to play the game with the screen looking like it does. I just thought it looked so much different.

I called my son and had him bring up the game, while Im talking to him I hit the play button, it delt the cards. Stupid me , but I like the old screen better. I cant figure how to get rid of that stuff on the right and bring the game over. I would first check to see if your system can run at a higher resolution. At some point, the sidebar will reposition to below the game.

Let me know if either of these ideas works. Another thing to try is the Italian link to the game. Can you describe what you see instead of what you expect? Do you have Flash player installed and running in your browser? You can test that, and see your Flash version number here: I really appreciate the Android app. I asked several months ago when an app for my Samsung tablet would be available. Players start in Reno with bet limits of , chips. Players that make it to Level 6 will unlock Philadelphia.

Bet limits increase here to , Level 11 unlocks sunny San Diego, where bet limits are 1,, Level 21 unlocks Denver, where bet limits are 7,, Then off to Chicago, the windy city when players hit Level 26 and can bet 10,,! Players that make it to 36 can try their luck at New Orleans where limits are raised to 15,, When a player gets to Level 46 they unlock the boardwalk in Atlantic City where the bets are 20,, Okay, next stop is the high roller table in Las Vegas where players over 60 can play for 25, — ,!

To start a hand on the Free Blackjack App , click an unlocked city. All players start at Reno. Next, click on the chip denominations at the bottom of the table. Once the desired bet is displayed, click the bet button to the right. Two cards are then dealt to the player and dealer.

The dealer will only show one of his cards. Insurance pays if the dealer has a blackjack. The dealer will then peak to see if he has a blackjack. The dealer will also peak with a ten-value card showing, but will not offer insurance. If the dealer has blackjack, the hand is over. The player will push with a blackjack and all other hands lose. If the dealer does not have blackjack, the hand proceeds as normal.

A player that is dealt a blackjack is paid immediately. Otherwise, the player has several options:.