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Some General Tips and Hints in Blackjack

Blackjack. It is the most prevalent game in the casino mostly because of the fact that it is the only game that can actually give players positive odds in winning against the house.

Yet ironically, it is also the game where most players play so inadequately that the casino makes more profits in blackjack than in other games with much greater house edges such as the slots.

This is because blackjack is a game replete with choices to make and each wrong choice made will only make the casino richer. So take note of the following blackjack tips that will help you come up with the appropriate decision for every situation.

First off, bear in mind that a pair of aces and 8s are meant to be split. This is one tip a beginner should remember as it works most of the time especially if the dealer is showing a 6 as his upcard. Nevertheless, split the cards regardless of what the upcard is as you will have the edge most off the time even if the upcard is a 10.

In contrast, do not split 10s and 5s. Tip: Make all the other mistakes in blackjack other than splitting 10s as you'll be branded a moron if you do. Why? For the reason that if you split 10s, then you'll need a 10 or an ace, cards that most likely would not show up, for the split to be effective because otherwise, the split would have been for nothing. As for splitting low value cards like 5s or 6s, they are not recommended since they are too low to hit 21 or 20.

A pair of 4s is a little trickier. Expert blackjack tips recommend splitting these pair if and only if the dealer's upcard is either 5 or 6 only and only if you are allowed to double after. If you are not allowed to double after splitting then settle on hitting as they only amount to 8s after all or you can also choose to double down especially when the dealer has a 5 or 6.

Most blackjack tips advise that hands with values of 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 should always be hit particularly when the upcard of the dealer is 7. On the other hand, hits should never be made when one has 13, 14, 15, and 16 while facing a dealer's upcard of either 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

The blackjack tips presented here may be few but once one puts them into practice and makes a habit out of them, these tips will certainly have a great impact on minimizing losses and maximizing gains as these tips help in developing a fundamental skill in blackjack: making the right decisions.

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