Having a clear strategy for blackjack means that you as a player increase your odds of winning when playing blackjack. Obviously there’s no Black Jack Strategy that can guarantee you a win every time, but we are going to give you three tips to help you increase your mathematical chances of winning at blackjack.

Do not take unnecessary cards if the dealer’s at the risk of busting

If the dealer has a four, five or a six that are open cards, you would not normally take any more cards because of the risk of you getting over 21. Fours, fives and sixes are the cards causing the biggest disadvantage for the dealer, and the biggest advantage for you. In fact, you often want to double or split in these situations because they have such a big advantage.

Do not take unnecessary cards if you are at the risk of busting

If you have 17 or more, there is no reason to take another card. This applies whether or not the dealer has a good visible card. The risk of busting is too big, and if you do you lose all chances of winning. When the dealer has a ten, the next cars will more than likely be a low card rather than a high card. For example, if you have a 17 and the dealer has an 8, you will have a tie if the next card is a nine. If the card is lower than nine the dealer may bust.

Always split aces and eights, but never tens or sixes

A single ace is a very good card – two aces is just twelve. Always split then so you’ll be able to get 21 if your next card is a ten. Two eights make 16, which is the worst possible hand. If you split them you have the chance to get two times 18 if you are dealt tens, which is a much better alternative. A ten is an excellent first card, but 20 is way too good of a hand to split. Splitting sixes gives you two sixes as the first card, which is completely useless.