Blackjack Rules and Strategies for Argentina players .

Blackjack is considered as the greatest exponent of table games in casinos. Some people say that their rules could not be simpler, but beginners often find it complicated.

The truth is that no matter how easy Blackjack rules may seem, there are a variety of options delivered by the casino that make the game something interesting and attractive to players.

Before starting to play Blackjack in a casino it is necessary to know what the objective of the game is.

Often, even advanced players get confused by believing that the goal of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible, but not exceed that amount. However, this is not so. The goal of Blackjack is, first, to win the hand without going over 21 and second, to beat the dealer or for him to go over 21.

To play Blackjack you can use one and up to eight decks of 52 cards each.

In the game, aces can be worth 1 or 11 points. The cards from 2 to 9 have the value they represent, while the ten and the figures are always worth 10 points.

The hand consists of two cards. Its value is the sum of the points of both. The highest hand consists of an ace and any card worth 10 points and this is called Blackjack.

The rules of the game are quite simple. If the total of the hand exceeds 21, it is passed and the player loses. If the dealer's hand is closer to 21 than the player's, the player also loses.

Before Playing Blackjack

It is a good idea to spend some time just observing the casino and its policies and researching the different types of Blackjack that are offered to players. Here is a list of the most important elements to watch out for:

Pay attention to the minimum bets of each table.

Check if the dealer wears a shoe or if there is a card delivery machine. This may be important in the strategies of the most experienced players, but any of these methods is of little importance to novice players.

It is good to join a table where there are few people, this will make you feel more comfortable and be more relaxed. Try to stay away from busy tables, since the game can be very slow and, in general, it is difficult to keep up.

Opt for a bet according to the financial resources allocated for it. Experts say that the ideal is to sit at a Blackjack table with an amount of money that reaches 40 times the bet you want to make. The minimum is to sit with a sum that is 20 times the bet.

Capital management is an important part of all players' strategies. This is why there is a word that can describe that - discipline. All players must be fully aware of the amount of money they have to lose, instead of following a risky strategy.

Make sure if the house pays 3-2 for Blackjack. There are some casinos that offer only 6-5, which is not good, since more than 1% returns to the bank and is in favor of the casino.

See if the dealer prefers to plant in "soft 17", this option is the best. On the other hand, it is not recommended for the player to stand in "soft 17" because you always have to try to make a better hand.

Other Player Options Offered by the House

There are some casinos that put notes on the Blackjack tables with the house rules. In the event that these notes are not, it is better to go to an empty table and ask the dealer for them. The dealers and supervisors have the obligation to inform about the rules that are in force in the casino.

Here are the other most important options the house offers:

Early surrender

Fold after splitting

Soft doubles

Divide Aces

Keep in mind the fact that these house rules aim to narrow the advantage that the casino has over the player in a Blackjack game

Play blackjack

Generally, the dealer's shoe is located at the right end of the Blackjack table. Most casinos like have seven circles or boxes where the betting money is placed. If there is the possibility of additional bets, these are almost always placed in auxiliary betting boxes.

When players are sitting at the table, they are asked in what denomination they want their chips. The best choice for the player is to ask for the same denomination corresponding to the size of the bet that the player has decided to make.

To play you must put one or more chips in the betting box and wait for the cards to be dealt. After the players have placed their bets, the dealer will deliver two cards to each player, the dealer will also give two cards to himself.

One of the dealer's cards is always face up. The other card, which is covered, is called a "closed letter." In the event that the dealer has an ace in sight in the hand, players are generally offered to place a parallel bet, which is called “insurance”, which pays 2 to 1 in case the card Closed the dealer is a card worth 10 points.

Insurance bets are not mandatory. They cannot be more than half of the original bet.

If the dealer's sight card is an ace, the player has the possibility to place a bet that is equal to 50% of the original bet, in the event that the dealer could have Blackjack. If the dealer actually has it, the player gets 2 to 1 of his money. This, in the end, means that the player will recover his insurance bet and the original bet and the hand will end up tied. The player loses insurance in the event that the dealer does not make Blackjack and continues to play his hand with the original bet.

It doesn't matter if you are a rookie or have more experience playing Blackjack, you shouldn't take insurance if you don't keep track of the cards.

In case the dealer has a ten or an ace face up, the player will take a look at the other cards to see if he has Blackjack. If so, he will turn his hand immediately. When the dealer has Blackjack, all bets lose, except the insurance bet, provided the player has Blackjack as well.

In some countries, the dealer takes a card that is face up, but does not take a second card until all players have finished their hand. This basically means that players play their hands without knowing if the dealer will make Blackjack.

It is important to know that most of the casinos in the world prefer the "game in sight", where the cards are placed face up next to the bet, where it is assumed that no player can touch them. Even so, there are some old-school casinos that prefer “covered game,” where the cards are placed face down and the player has the right to look at them privately. As for the dealer's letter in sight, the predictions are justified. All players try to guess what the dealer's hand might be. So, when making a forecast, you should always keep in mind that if the dealer has a seven or a major card, the chances of passing are significantly diminished. That is the reason why it is necessary to do very well to improve the hand and achieve, at least, a total of 17.

The dealer must be informed when the manner in which they will proceed will be decided. You can choose the "ask" option if you want to add another card or the "stand" option if you don't want any more cards.

Here are some important tips that may be useful, in particular, for novice players:

If the casino follows the "card game in sight" policy, the cards must not be touched.

Touching the chips after placing the bet is also considered unacceptable.

Do not insult the dealer in case the cards are not the best. Nor should you be rude to the other players.

Keep calm, no matter what the outcome of the game.

Never increase bets if you lose, such a strategy can lead to losing more and more money.

Should the Croupier's Advice Be Considered?

When playing in a real casino, it is important to know that croupiers, supervisors and table supervisors make recommendations to players when they request it or when they realize that a player is not sure what to do.

So, if the player feels very hesitant about the game, the dealer can always be asked for help. However, caution should be exercised, because it is not uncommon for such recommendations to be wrong. Sometimes, not only do the dealer's recommendations weigh, therefore, the only person who should listen is himself.

Rules for "Ask" or "Plant"

Attention should always be paid to the dealer's hand, especially the letter in sight, because that letter will determine the strategies to apply. Basically, there are two fundamental rules that the player must follow:

If the dealer's card is a 7 or higher, the player must ask for more cards in order to obtain at least a total of 17. In that case, the dealer's next card is to give him a "hand made" , which means that it will not take more cards.

If the dealer's card goes from a 3 to a 6, players should not risk passing, because the dealer's probability of passing is higher. In that case, another card must be taken, which if it turns out to be high, will probably make the hand over 21 and will pass.

If the card in sight of the dealer is a 2, you must continue to ask for more cards until you reach the figure of 14. Then you have to stand and trust that the dealer will pass.

Even, sometimes, experienced players do not know what to do. We offer some advice on how the dealer's cards should be evaluated to build an appropriate game strategy. These tips will greatly help reduce the advantages of banking and be more successful.

The dealer's best cards from the player's point of view are the cards that go from 3 to 6. Those are the cards with which the dealer has more chances to pass. Statistically speaking, 5 is, in truth, the best card for the dealer, from the player's perspective.

The worst cards the dealer can have from the player's point of view are: 9, 10, J, Q, K and ace. These are the cards with which the dealer is more likely to get a better result than the player, in the case of a 10.

7 and 8 are considered neutral cards if they are in the dealer's hand. Even so, it should be taken into account that, even, it is likely to end up in a hand with a total of 17 or more.

Split pairs

It is more common for players to use the split or separate option to avoid losing the hand and thus win one of the split hands and lose the other. Using this strategy in the game helps minimize losses and generate higher profits for players.

Currently, most casinos allow players to fold or split hands. Here is the concept of dividing: This strategy can be used when the player has two cards of the same value. When using the division, the player separates the cards from the initial hand into two separate hands to play each of them individually.

When it is divided, it is necessary to make another bet that is equal to the one made in the beginning. In real casinos, the dealer divides his hand and starts playing both hands.

Remember that it is smarter to divide your hand only if that decision guarantees better possibilities compared to the two initial cards. We deliver a list of the opportunities you have to divide:

Divide as long as you have a hand that contains two aces. There is only one exception - do not divide if you play with cards in sight and the card in sight of the dealer is an ace. Also, you should always divide a hand with a pair of 8, unless the dealer shows a 9, a 10 or an ace.

Divide the hand if it contains a pair of 2, in case the dealer shows a card that has a value between 2 and 7. The same rule applies to a hand with a pair of 3.

If the player's hand contains two 4, it can be divided in the event that the card in sight of the dealer is a 5 or a 6.

Never divide a hand from a pair of 5.

Divide a hand that contains a pair of 6, in case the dealer has a 3, 4, 5 or 6 in sight. The same condition applies to a hand with a pair of 7.

The player should consider the division of a hand containing two 9, when the dealer has 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 9.

Soft Totals

We deliver some rules to "ask" or "stand" related to the so-called "soft hand" or in other words - the hand that contains an ace. Since the ace can be counted as much as a 1 or an 11, this is an opportunity to improve the hand twice, more than just once.

If the player has a hand that contains an ace and a 2, 3, 4 or 5 as a second card, the ace can be counted as one. This is an opportunity for the player to ask until he reaches a hard total that reaches 17 or more.

If the player has a hand that contains an ace and a 6 as a second card, he also has the opportunity to improve the hand and should ask. It is a good idea to keep asking for the hand until the player achieves a hard total of 17 or more.

In the case that the player has a hand of an ace and a 7, the hand may be worth 8 or 18, depending on the value of the ace. However, it should be kept in mind that if the dealer's sight card is a 9 or a 10, there is a high probability that the player will lose his hand.

If the player has a hand that contains an ace and an 8 or a 9, he will have a score of 19 or 20. The best decision is to stand, because it would be difficult to improve that total.

Fold - Soft Hands

The hand that contains an ace in Blackjack is commonly called "soft hand." Aces in soft hands also have two values: 1 or 11. Folding when you have that hand is rare and less important than folding when you have a hard hand.

In the case of a soft hand, there are only two simple rules that must be followed when considering folding:

If the hand contains an ace, a 2, a 3, a 4 or a 5, double if the card in sight of the dealer is a 4, a 5 or a 6.

If the hand contains an ace and a 6 or a 7, fold when the dealer has a 3, a 4, a 5 or a 6.

Avoid dubbing in case of any other soft total.

Fold - Hard Hands

The so-called "hard hand" is a hand that does not contain an ace. Most casinos allow players to double their bets after the first two cards and receive another card.

If you wish to double, the bet placed must be equivalent to the original bet. The player also receives only one more card.

This is called folding and the best time to do it is when you have a total of 9, 10 or 11 with the initial hand. The player will expect to receive another card worth 10, which would make the whole hand particularly hard. The dubbing must be done at the right time in order to avoid absurd bets, called “losing bets”.

Here are some rules that can help:

In the case that the total of the hand is 9, it is a good idea to double if the dealer's discovered card is a 3, a 4, a 5 or a 6. Do not fold if the dealer has a 2, a 7 or an 8 .

If the player has a total of 10, he should double if the dealer's card is 2, 3, 4, 5. 6. 7. 8 or 9.

If the total of the first two cards of the player is 11, it must be doubled in any case, except when the card in sight of the dealer is an ace.

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