3 Common Mistakes for Blackjack Beginners
The house has a slight edge in blackjack over the players. This is because the players have to complete their hand first and they might bust out before the dealer even draws a card. Nevertheless, the players can even the odds if they avoid the following 3 common mistakes.
A hard total of 20 from a pair of 10s will make a lot of players to split their cards. This is a big NO because the dealer must have a 21 to win against a 20. It’s tempting to split 10s, but the odds to win in this case is too high to pass up. It’s always a mistake because a hard total of 20 is so good that the dealer must have a 21 to win against a 20. Many blackjack players will split 10s if the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 showing. However, you’ll win more often than not with a total of 20 over having two hands starting with a 10 that you hope to draw a couple high number cards.
Not Doubling 11
The player should always double down every time they are dealt an 11 unless the dealer is showing an Ace. The player should even double when the dealer is showing a 10 or face card. In fact, the dealer’s chances of getting 20 are less than your chance of getting a 20 or 21! According to a research, you will win 56 percent of the time if you hit 11. However, you will win 54 percent of the time if you double down. So, would you rather win 56 percent of the time for not double or win 54 percent of the time with double down? The odds of making more money is with the player for doubling on 11 against a dealer 10.
Not Hitting Soft 17
The player will lose more often by standing on a soft 17 against the dealer 9 or 10 Showing. Hitting a soft 17 means there are four chances out of 13 to improve your hand with just one card and it will help keep the player alive a little longer.