Beginning Blackjack by Coy Fagras
Blackjack is one of the oldest and easiest card games to learn
how to manipulate and one of the most rewarding card games any first-time
casino-bound beginner can play. The simple conceptual rules leave much room for
any novice to succeed.
A basic overview of the game can be taught in a mere fifteen
minutes, however, the bulk of mastering it like a seasoned casino pro does come
from devoting a strenuous effort to the discipline and strategy of this classic
French card game standby. For beginning players though, it takes little more
than controlling simple math principals like basic addition, combined with a
cunning observation of human behavior and a touch of strategy to learn the card
game of blackjack.
Because of the varying levels of chance and yet still the
opportunity to employ strategic tactics, blackjack is the only casino game at
which one stands a chance to truly outsmart and beat the house. Gaining a sharp
rise in American player popularity in the 1960's, blackjack, once called
"21" based on the maximum card count total before a hand busts, is now
one of the most sought-after card games in casinos worldwide. Another reason
this game has sustained and increased in its number of players, is because of
the increasing accessibility of online blackjack games. This card game is an
"every man's" game and due to its quick learning time and the advent
of Internet gambling sites, there has been a modern revitalization of the game
in both real-time and virtual environments.
There is a level of independence in blackjack, and perhaps that
solitary sense that a player is facing off individually against the dealer might
be part of the appeal. As each player tries to beat the dealer one-on-one, other
players are simultaneously doing the same. There is both a social and non-social
element to the game play.
Simply learning the ropes of the game is enough to get one
started, however, devoting a few hours to attaining the basic strategies of card
prediction and card counting is the key to having a higher payout and a better
grasp of the more advanced techniques. A short time of practicing these
strategic maneuvers will propel a basic player from a run-of-the-mill
neighborhood poker night player to a player who would have a great edge in a
public casino. If a player knows the more popular and assured strategies like
card counting, which is mentally tracking the high and low cards of the deck,
blackjack is much simpler to sweep than other card games. Although the house
will always have a statistical edge, the component of player choice makes the
game sway positively toward the player in a way that no other card game can.
As with most games, experience is another essential component in
mastering blackjack play. The casino circuit is the best way to collect the
practice needed to excel, because the environment is tense and the play is
quick, which can teach a player to acclimate to the speedy wit necessary to win
big. However, the online blackjack options and home play are also beneficial and
probably more practical for most new players.
The benefits of mastering blackjack are more rewarding than most
people imagine. The time invested in learning the game and blackjack strategy
produces a feeling of exercising the mind while at the same time enabling a
player to take home a little quick pay dirt - a great monetary reward for a few
hands of fun card playing.
Coy Fagras (email@example.com),
a freelance blackjack strategy
writer, lives in the city of Fayetteville, AR, and writes articles about blackjack