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By: Jimmy Haines
Blackjack, just like most casino card games, does need a lot of good fortune and good strategies in order to win against the dealers. Some blackjack players use what can only be described as instinct by attempting to predict what the next card may or may not be.

More sensible players, on the other hand, count the cards and employ their own Blackjack strategies, which is a good method to gain upper hand or advantage on the game. Blackjack card counting is a mathematical system of keeping track of every card dealt from a blackjack deck to better understand which cards are still left in the deck to be played. It is not a way to predict what cards will be dealt next, but is more likely to give a broader picture of what is happening within the deck.

Once you know how to count cards in blackjack, you are ready for advanced strategy, where the basic rules of blackjack no longer apply. Here are some of the advanced and closely guarded strategies you can use to win blackjack. The first and most important thing to remember is to beat the dealer. The game is not possible to win all the time, however, if you learned to accept the losses is part of the game then you will keep your mind focused to keep your skills level up.

In choosing a Blackjack table, it is important to consider rule variations that will give you a variety of options such as doubling down on any two cards. You should find a table whose minimum is no more than five percent of you getting a total stash. Always begin with the basics. Take a hit on any hand below 17 when the dealer shows ace, king, queen, jack, ten, nine or eight. These cards are unlikely to make the dealer bust. On the other hand, when the dealer shows a four, five or six, then you should stand on any hand above 11.

Take an insurance only when you have a gut feeling that the dealer has blackjack, or if you are card counting and aware of the cards remaining on the deck. Nonetheless, you must never ever take insurance when the dealer shows an ace because more often than not, this decision costs money. In addition, you should know how to stand with the dreaded 16. Never take a card when you are showing 16 against a 10 upcard if the count is +1 or higher.

When dealing with two blackjack cards of the same value, then you must split them, thereby doubling your bet and playing two blackjack hands. However, you must always keep in mind not to split face cards including 10 or 5. Last important thing is to know when to walk away. Set a table limit for yourself and save your remaining profits for another session in case you start to find yourself losing.

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