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Playing consistently in blackjack is one of the keys to winning.   Playing
consistently correct is even better.

dealer, dealer showing, showing, bust, blackjack, eights, hand, play,
hole, taces chance, card, strategy, cards, bust card, split

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There are some basics in blackjack. Splitting aces and eights only makes
senses since a hand equaling 2 or 12 compared to having two hands of 11
is a no brainer. Even though you only receive one card to your ace, the
chances of getting 21 or a relatively decent hand are good.

Splitting eights all the time is a bit riskier. Some blackjack studs say
not to split eights if the dealer is showing a nine or a ten. For me, it
depends on how the cards are flowing that day whether I will split the
eights all the time or just when it feels right against that dealer nine
or ten.

Probably the most important strategy for wining blackjack is to always
play the dealer for a ten in the hole. This will be the basis of your
winning strategy. If the dealer is showing a ten, you play him as if he
has twenty and hit or stay accordingly. The same rule applies if the
dealer is showing a six or any other bust combination (12, 13, 14, or
15). You always have to play as if you had x-ray vision and could see
the dealer’s hole card.

Playing hunches will kill you. You have to have a plan and stick to it.
And your plan should follow the basic rules. Granted there will plenty
of times that the dealer doesn’t have that ten in the hole, but you have
to stick to your guns and play it that way.

One mistake that I see a lot of novices make is splitting tens or face
cards. They will do this mostly when the dealer is showing a bust card.
They think they will be able to double their money hitting each one of
their tens. This is ridiculous. Who splits the second best hand in
blackjack? Definitely not me.

Besides doubling down on tens and elevens, if the house allows it, I love
to double on soft 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 if the dealer is showing a
3, 4, 5 or 6. There is a good chance the dealer will bust, and also a
good chance you will improve your hand, or get a ten and it remains the
I have always held if I had twelve and the dealer showed a bust card.
But, recently I read that you should hit a 12 against the dealer when he
shows a 2. I was a bit hesitant to do this since there was a chance that
I would bust. But, playing this way, I have found out that I have won
more than I have lost. This strategy you will have to decide for
yourself if it right for you.

These are some of the basic blackjack strategies that you can apply. The
key is to remain consistent even when the cards are against you. If you
hit a bad run, get up from the table and take a break. Don’t keep
throwing your money away when a dealer is hot.

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