This blackjack games
glossary is divided
into 3 parts at gamerisms.
There is no doubt that this casino game
should be categorized as one of several strategy games available to
enthusiastic blackjack players online and off.
Therefore, let's begin with the basics and strategy of the game.
You can defeat blackjack house odds at casinos by counting cards but it
becomes tricky when playing at online casinos.
Blackjack Games Glossary:
whoever comes closest to a total of 21 without going over
An ace is counted as a 1 or an 11.
Face cards all count as 10. All other cards count as
hand that does not include an ace. What you see on your two cards
is your total count, example=9 + 8 = 17.
hand that includes an ace in the first two cards dealt. It has two
depending on whether you use the ace as a 1 or an
Therefore, a 5 and an ace could be 6 or 16. A 10 will turn a soft hand
into a hard hand.
a potential bust hand, such as a hard 15 or 16,
which are the two
worst hands you can get, unless the 16 is two 8s, then you can split
you end up with the same count as the
dealer. Same as a tie. No money is exchanged because you
win nor lose.
number of cards, the casino discards at the beginning of a new
4 or more decks played in a game. They are always dealt face
Single or Double Decks
Only one or two decks played in a game. The first two cards
are dealt face down.
Blackjack Games Glossary:
On most table layouts, blackjack players will notice these two
Blackjack Pays 3 to 2
and Insurance Pays 2 to 1
In addition, all blackjack layouts will have one of the two following
Dealer Must Draw to 16
and Stand on All 17s
Must Hit Soft
The first statement, Dealer
Must Draw to 16 and Stand on All 17s
' is known as
The second statement, Dealer
Must Hit Soft 17
is a Player Disadvantage.
best tables for blackjack players also use a single deck, have no
restrictions on doubling down, allow resplitting, and have a surrender
All these conditions mentioned above are to the blackjack players'
advantage for these strategy games.
Below are 2 Blackjack Strategies: EZ Strategy by
Henry Tamburin and Lucky 13 Strategy by Frank Scoblete.
Both are recommended and can be printed for online games or land-based.
EZ Strategy by Henry Tamburin for
Blackjack Games Glossary
Player Hand against Dealer Upcard (D)
12 to 16: (D) stand on 2 to 6, hit on 7 to ace
17 to 21: (D) stand
10 or 11: (D) double down on 2 to 9
Soft 13 to 17: (D) hit except double down on 5, 6
Soft 18 to 21: (D) stand except double down on soft 18 and 5, 6
2,2; 3,3; 6,6; 7,7; 9,9: (D) split on 2 to 7; stand on 9,9 against 7
5,5; 10,10: never split
8,8; ace, ace: always split
Frank Scoblete’s Lucky
13 Strategy for Blackjack Games Glossary
Always split aces.
Always split eights.
Always stand when you have 17 or more.
Always hit your 12 through 16 when the dealer has an upcard
of 7 or more.
Always hit your 12 against a dealer upcard of 2 or 3.
Always stand on your 12 against a dealer’s 4 through 6.
Always stand on your 13 through 16 against a dealer upcard
of 2 through 6.
Always hit hand totals of 11 or less, no matter how many
cards compose them, against all dealer upcards.
Always double on two-card totals of 11 when dealer has
upcard of 10 or lower.
Always double on two-card totals of 10 when dealer has
upcard of 9 or lower.
Always stand on your hands of A7, A8, A9 against all dealer
Always hit on your hands of A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 against all
Never take insurance.
Even with these strategy tips, as players of the game, we know that
blackjack can at times, break your heart!
games glossary is followed by blackjack terms A-F
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