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How to play Blackjack - Advanced Blackjack Tips

Blackjack games is one of the few table games that does involve some real skill to play. That doesn't necessarily mean you will win, but it means there are ways to minimize the House edge, or even swing it in your favor. Here are some elements of advanced blackjack strategy to consider.

Tips for Advanced Blackjack Strategy: Start with Basic Strategy

Start with the basics. If you don't have basic strategy down in blackjack games, you can't growth to any more advanced strategies. You should know the correct play in every situation instantly, and if you don't, you should be playing online, where you can keep a basic strategy chart open on your monitor to refer to. Unfortunately, many advanced blackjack strategies don't work online.

For those of you who already have a hold on the basics of playing Blackjack, you may want or need advanced blackjack tips that are a little more advanced.

By now you should now how to choose your table, when to stand and hit and if you've read our Doubling Down Tips you'll know how to make the most money from your really strong two card totals.

But, like every game, the longer you play, the better you get at it. Occasionally though we all like a gentle nudge in the right direction so with that in mind, we've laid out the Top 5 tips that the more proficient players out there can use to develop their blackjack strategy!

  • Never split 4-4, 5-5 or 10-10
  • Always split A-A and 8-8
  • Never double down on a hard total of 8 or less or on a hard total of 12 or more (hard hands do not contain an Ace)
  • Never double down on a soft total of 19 or more (soft hands contain an Ace) - use basic standing strategy.
  • Hit any soft total of 18 or less no matter what card the dealer has turned up
  • Never take insurance!

If you've armed yourself with these tips and would like to incorporate them into a solid blackjack strategy then why not go to our Card Counting page where you can get the full low down on one of the most comprehensive blackjack strategies.