Blackjack Tips for Recreational Players

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Blackjack is one casino game with a reputation for being quite difficult to master due to the high level of skill and strategy involved in lowering the house edge in order to gain the advantage over the casino. However, if you'd just like to play the game for fun and aren't really into investing hours in learning mathematically perfect blackjack strategy, then there are still a few general blackjack tips that will help you to play a good game of blackjack without making any major mistakes.


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Playing Weak Dealer Hands

Learning to identify which dealer cards are weak and strong is one of the best things you can do when playing blackjack. Generally, a dealer holds weak cards when he has a six or lower and it more likely to bust as the game is dealt. If a dealer is holding weak cards then you should adjust your game play accordingly and be more conservative when playing hard totals of 12 and up as hitting when it's not necessary could make you bust, when the dealer would have bust too.

You don't have to play conservatively in all instances, though, you can be more aggressive in doubling soft hands when facing weak dealer cards.


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Playing Strong Dealer Hands

If a dealer is holding strong cards you need to play with caution as he/she is less likely to bust and more likely to finish the hand with strong totals. In these instances, you will need to play more aggressively and hit more often in order to compete and attain stronger totals. This will probably mean that you bust more often than you would if playing it safe, but it also gives you a better chance of winning and is, therefore, the only strategic option if you're not going to learn basic blackjack strategy plays for each hand.

Surrendering

Another major blackjack tip is one regarding surrendering in the game. While this may seem like a great idea in order to escape what seems to be a difficult situation and only lose half of your wager instead of all of it, more often than not the surrender option is used unnecessarily which means that you're losing cash when you shouldn't be. The only time you should be using the surrender option is if you're facing a ten or ace and are holding a hard 16, otherwise play your hand and don't surrender, you have better odds of winning.

Keep these tips in mind next time you play and you'll find that your game improves considerably!


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