Do you think that there is such a thing as a Blackjack strategy? After all, isn’t it a “game of chance” that is based on the “luck of the draw”? Interestingly enough, there have been dozens of books and websites written to counteract such theories and to propose that there are some basic ways to implement a Blackjack strategy.
One of the primary ways of utilizing strategic maneuvers in any game of Blackjack is to consider the value of the “ten” cards. In a single-deck game there are sixteen cards with this value. This means that it is quite likely that a dealer is going to have one as their “hole” card, or downward facing card. Certainly this is not an absolute, but it can be used to make some savvy gaming decisions.
For one thing, if a player uses this theory as their Blackjack strategy they can then make their next move based on this premise. So, if the dealer is showing a card that is valued at two through six (and we assume that their hidden card is a ten) we know that they are likely to be forced into “hitting” on their turn. Because they must make their moves after all of the other players, it is even more likely that they will “bust” while trying to beat those seated at the table.
If, on the other hand, the dealer is showing a seven through a ten card, or an Ace, it means that the players will have to work as hard as possible to get close to 21. This means that it will be a very risky hand for them because they must try to beat the dealer’s hand worth seventeen or higher.
There are many other complex strategies used in Blackjack, such as counting cards or playing aggressively when holding an Ace, but the one just described above is extremely popular and quite successful.