Welcome to The Blackjack Guide

The perfect place to learn how to play the most popular casino game in the world. Here, we’re showing you all of the basics that you need to know when it comes to playing the world’s most popular casino game – blackjack. From the history of blackjack through to the basic strategy that you can learn in order to maximise your winnings, there’s plenty to learn from with our blackjack videos. Visit Ladbrokes Casino if you to play blackjack for real and test your skills

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Cards values

In blackjack, the value of each card is represented by the number printed on it – a 2 is worth two, and a 7 is worth seven. Remember that Aces can be worth either one or eleven, depending on whichever helps you win. Jacks, Queens and Kings (Face cards) each have a value of 10.

How to Win at Blackjack

Blackjack, unlike many other casino games, is a game played against the dealer. This means that your fellow players around the table are not your opponents – they’re simply your fellow players. Your only goal is to beat the dealer. There are two ways you can do this:

1. Have a hand total higher than the dealer’s, without going over 21 2. Have the dealer go over 21

As you may have noticed, we didn't say that the object of the game is to get to 21. This is a common misconception about the game – your only goal is simply to beat the dealer, and you often manage this by getting as close to 21 as possible, without going over.


Tips on playing blackjack

Some people will tell you that you need to completely memorise the strategy in order to be a good player. This isn’t strictly true – you’re allowed to carry a card with the strategy printed on at a physical casino, and online casinos won’t be able to tell if you have the strategy open in front of you. Rather than overthinking things and trying to memorise the entire chart, simply practice using the chart and the best choices will start coming naturally. If you want to memorise anything, make sure you memorise the following simple rules and tips on playing blackjack.


The basic blackjack strategy

Blackjack is a game of probabilities – not random luck. While luck does come into it, knowing the probability of winning or losing with each decision you make is a massive part of the game. This chart – the basic strategy – is your key to making the best calls on any blackjack game you play, and maximising your chances of winning.

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