LadyLucks’ complete guide to blackjack part 2: How to play hands effectively!

In the second part of a five part guide we’ll take you through how to get the most value out of your hands in blackjack. If you don’t know whether to hit on a 12, or stand with a pair of 8s, our guide will help you tackle even the trickiest situations that arise in blackjack.

The importance of playing the right hands

Knowing when to hit, stand, split or double down is crucially important if you are going to succeed in your blackjack ventures. By sticking to a simple strategy, you can improve your odds substantially. The whole object of the game itself it to make sure you can beat the dealer with cards that equate to 21 – or as close to as possible, but never over. In case you weren’t aware, the face cards are worth 10 and ace can be either one or 11. If you land 21 from your first two cards then you’ve cracked it – you’ve managed to land blackjack! But what if you haven’t been able to hit 21 with your first two cards, what do you do? Follow this guide and you’ll have it worked out in no time.

As discussed in the previous article, the house edge of blackjack is the lowest of all table games at 0.6%. And so, if you’re looking to profit at the casino, then blackjack is your best bet to raise those funds and up your bankroll. Whether you’re new to playing blackjack and you want to get to know the game a little better, or you’re a well-versed player who is looking for a foolproof strategy when it comes to making the best choices with your hand then you have found the right guide for you. Easy to read and easy to follow: you’ll have your strategy down in no time.

Of course, for you to get anywhere near 0.6% you need to know when and how to play your hands to maximise winning potential.

And the easiest way to do this?

Follow our guide.

Read it, learn it and love it

Print the guide off, stick it to your bedroom wall or bring it with you to Vegas; as long as you follow the handy guide to above you’ll never got wrong.

blackjack-guide

Basically, you need to find whatever hand you have to the left of the table and match it up with whatever the dealer holds.

If the guide tells you to hit — which you will see noted by the green ‘H’ — then you should do so to raise those odds.

Each letter determines a certain action:
• H = hit
• DB = double
• SP = split
• S = stand

Basically, all you need in order to succeed is to know this guide so make sure you print it off and read through it. Once you get the hang of the guide you’re ready to go!

There you go! No waffle, no long winded-guide; just a clear and simple, colour-coded guide to the popular game that is blackjack. Make sure you tune in for part 3 next week. Good luck at the tables!