In order to be efficient at blackjack, to optimise your chances to win, or rather reduce the risk of losing in front of the croupier, the question you ask yourself is whether you should play according to chance, probabilistic or mathematical theories, or rather to strategies based on experience with the game.
One thing is certain: strategic principles do not rely only on chance. You need to be able to control chance and master the game, whatever your hand may be.
In order to do this, it is important to come back to the aim of blackjack: you need to defeat your opponent, who is the croupier.
Beating the croupier's hand can be done in two ways:
- Having a hand whose value is over the croupier's, without exceeding 21.
- Winning when the croupier exceeded 21.
Making the croupier lose
In terms of strategy, it is therefore essential for you not to solely try and have the biggest hand: in doing so, you are increasing the risk of exceeding 21.
A little reminder is necessary: if you go over 21, your hand is “bust”, the game is over for you and you lose the totality of your bet. A mistake made by a great number of blackjack players, most of whom are beginners, is to focus on the possibility to win the game by having a hand that is over the croupier's.
Another option is possible: try it!
Making the right decision
It is all about staying in the game and choosing between the different options, which are “drawing a card”, “staying”, or “doubling your bet”, according to the hand you have, in an effort to have a hand that is smaller and always under the croupier's.
If you do so, the croupier is tempted to increase the value of their hand, so that it is over yours, thus taking the risk of exceeding the key value of 21 at some point. In that case, you win the bet without having reached 21 and without being the one who is closest to 21.
When playing blackjack, it is recommended not to be too greedy by trying to have a high-value hand.
Strategic principles encourage you to keep a smaller hand in order to secure your bet.