At present, Blackjack belongs to the most popular card games in online casinos. Blackjack is otherwise known as 21. Blackjack is one of the few games which can be played in live casino.
Blackjack rules are relatively simple. A 52-card deck is used in this game. The winner of the hand is the player who collects the amount of points equal to 21 or close to it, but what is important – it should not exceed this amount. The game begins with placing bets, afterwards the dealer deals two cards to each player, one of the cards is paced face down. When the amount of cards is equal to 21, it is Blackjack. In the case when a player gets two identical cards in the first hand, he can double his bet and play with the same cards. The player has the right to pick out the next card. The principles of the game might slightly differ depending on the online casinos.
The value of cards in Blackjack does not change depending on its variant:
- Ace can be valued 1 or 11, depending on player’s situation
- 10, Jack, Queen, King – 10 points
- 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 are of equal value
The method of counting cards – High-Low Method
This method was created by the American professor Edward Thorp, who was born in 1932 in Chicago. The player has to observe the low cards compared to high cards during each hand. To facilitate this task the cards have special value:
- 2,3,4,5,6,7 (value +1)
- 8,9 (value 0)
- 10, J, Q, K, T (value -1)
If you add these amounts, you will get the so-called current value, which can be either positive or negative. When the current value is positive, then among the rest of cards that will be handed there are more high cards than low ones. In case of a negative value of the cards, we will have more low cards than high ones. No doubt this is one of the simplest and most effective strategies for card counting in Blackjack, but not the only one.