A Quick Look Into The Game of Blackjack
This article offers a quick look into the game of Blackjack. How it originated, where it got its name, how to play and the latest development how to apply card counting to make sure you win.
Blackjack, tracing its routes like all other card games to France specifically during the 17th century, didn’t acquire its current name until it crossed over to America in the 18thcentury, before then taking the name Vingt En un, which basically translates as twenty one.
The name was derived from a popular practice by several gaming houses in America where they would pay 10-1 on an ace of spades and jack, paired together as the first two cards, called a blackjack. The idea being to boost the games initially lacked popularity.
How it Works
While the practice waned, the name stuck during its time as a mostly underground pass time among vagrants. The purpose of blackjack is to beat the dealer at 21, with the player enabled to draw as many cards as he wishes while the dealer can draw on 16 while standing at 17. The point is for the player’s drawn cards to total 21; to go beyond is to lose.
Blackjack is clearly more popular now than during its early days, and it has become the objective of many a players to earn great success by figuring out clever ways to beat the house. Many books have been written on this topic and the sales figures prove the hunger for such specialized advice.
It is a simple fact that each card occurs in a deck a specific number of times and each card has a specific value, which means that there is only a single way to play and win at blackjack. There is a basic strategy whose purpose isn’t actually to provide one with a winning advantage but to merely increase and even maximize the chances of success. You could say it reduces the number of times you lose; and while this strategy is mathematical in nature, it doesn’t require an intricate knowledge of the subject to achieve success, merely a simple understanding of when to stand hit or double.
Card Counting in Blackjack
Basic card counting strategies take into account the fact that whenever a card is dealt, the deck composition changes and hence the favor changes, varying in between the player and the dealer, thus making card counting a simple matter of taking advantage of that point where the favor is in the player’s court.
It all comes down to when you bet and how much, creating the best scenario where you bet small when you are going to lose and betting big when you expect to win, hence minimizing losses and maximizing wins.
As such it isn’t about eliminating losses; it is about taking advantage of the victories, as well as managing bets. Card counting is usually executed in conjunction with the basic strategy. It primarily deals with counting the high cards against the low cards; the low cards being 2-6 and the high cards ranging from 10 to Ace.
It is this simple, if you are receiving more low cards at a given time, then you can expect to receive high cards at a later date. The more high or low cards you receive, the higher the chances are that you will receive the other, either high or low cards, later on. Considering that there are usually five of each card, if you were to ran out of low cards, you would then expect to receive high cards later on and hence make your strategies accordingly.
Dean is an Avid Card player from the UK and owner of CardCounting.me