Blackjack Winning Strategy

Blackjack is an ancient game with unknown origins. Its predecessor – a game called veintiuna – was first described by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes in a short story called “Rinconete y Cortadillo”. The game has later spread through all Europe and the United States, entered the casinos and has become the most popular casino banking game of the world.


Blackjack is a one-of-a kind casino game. Unlike most other games, blackjack offers players an almost 50% chance to win. Also, it is the one casino game that, if the right strategies are applied, can be profitable in the long run.

There are two basic rules to keep in mind when playing blackjack for profit:

1. Always assume the dealer has a concealed 10

In a round of blackjack, the dealer gives out two cards to all players and for the house, one of them being concealed until the end of the round. Assuming the dealer has a 10 concealed is a safe way to avoid losses and even to win a considerable number of hands.

Depending on the value of the player’s revealed card, and assuming the dealer has a concealed 10, the following scenarios are the most likely:

I. The value of the revealed card is below 7

In this case it’s safe to assume that the dealer will hit – in most cases the dealer can’t stand with a hand value below 17. There is a good chance for the house to go Bust and lose the round. Standing with a hand value of 17 or below is risky, but everything above 17 is ok.

II. The value of the revealed card is above 7

In this case the chances of the dealer standing at a current value – 18 or above – are high. Playing on with a hand of 17 or below will almost surely end with the player losing the bet. In this case, if the table rules allow it, the safest strategy can be to surrender, recover half of the bet and sit out the rest of the round. Values equal or above the assumed hand value of the dealer are safe to proceed.

III. The revealed card is a 7

Depending on the table rules, the dealer is or is not required to hit on a soft 17. If the dealer must hit, proceed similar to the first scenario. If not, it’s safest to surrender with hand values below 17.

2. Never take insurance

Insurance is an attractive side bet that can be placed when the dealer has an ace revealed and might have a blackjack. If the house has a blackjack, all bets are lost (except when the player also has blackjack, of course). The insurance side bet pays out 2 to 1, but you have to keep in mind that the initial bet is lost in this case.

Why not to take insurance? Well, take a look on how often you have a blackjack – the house has the same chances for such a hand as you. Insurance bets are lost most of the time, so even if they are attractive, they are not worth placing.

The two basic rules of above, plus a good bankroll management can make blackjack a profitable game in the long run. Test the rules at the or any other online casino of your liking.

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