Blackjack Strategy

The Game of Twenty One

Blackjack is sometimes called the game of twenty one because the player is expected to hit 21 for a win. This twenty one was originally supposed to be arrived at by having an Ace and Jack of Spades. The jack of spades counts as 10 given the special value given to them and an ace could count either as 1 or 11. If a player hits an ace and a jack of spade then the ace will take the value of 11 which will deal the player the winning number of 21. But the game has changed with time and a set of rules developed which governs how a player can count towards 21. Currently a player does not have to get an ace and a jack of spade but any combination which hits 21 without going over board.

In this game the cards are assigned various values. Cards from number 2 to 10 assume their face values while an ace can be counted either as 1 or 11 depending on which value is convenient for the player. The fact is that the player aims at obtaining 21 and nothing more. If counting an ace as 11 leads to more than 21 then the player has no choice but to count it as 1 since more than 21 is a definite loss on the side of the player. Queens, kings, and Jacks are assigned the value 10.

Blackjack Strategy

Blackjack strategy is based on card counting. The player has the first chance to play upon being dealt the first two cards. A strategy is the guide to a player to which helps decide if it is better to continue playing or to stand and let the dealer player. The Strategy is supposed to give the player a hint as to what value of cards he is likely to pick next and consider whether it is worth the risk or decide to stand and give the dealer a chance of busting. The strategy becomes important when the player has fit hit hard 14 or more where there increasing chances that he could hit a number above 7 which will result in a bust. In such circumstances a player needs to explore the possibility of standing where he is and let the dealer play his hands. This is because the dealer is required to hit 17 and there could be chances that he could hit more than 17 and bust resulting into a win for the player.