Blackjack Strategy and Beyond – Tips for Winning

An Original GambleRock Post by Benjamin Ogden

Blackjack Strategy

Basic blackjack strategy is the fundamental starrting point for all beginner blackjack players and everyone interested in winning money playing 21. It’s fairly easy to learn basic strategy. And what makes it even easier to learn are all the different basic strategy blackjack charts that you’ll find online searching Google Images. There are hundreds of websites that explain blackjack tips to win more often and become a better player. Blackjack tips for beginners is the most common way for players to learn how to play blackjack.

Blackjack Tips To Win

If you’re really new to learning blackjack strategy and are a visual learner than watching this YouTube video can be an easier way to educate yourself on how to properly play blackjack (21) using basic strategy. Before you can attempt card counting you must first understand these basic principles. I’m not saying you must always follow them because doing so might actually hurt you in certain offline casinos (I’ll explain more about that later on). Regardless of that, developing a good understanding of the game begins with with blackjack basic strategy.

Basic Blackjack Strategy Video

One you’ve learned basic blackjack strategy its time to take your game beyond the basics (beginner level). Next on the list about how to play blackjack successfully like a pro is learning how to count cards.

This is an excellent YouTube Video from Blackjack Apprenticeship that explains how to count cards and bring down the house.

How to Count Cards Video

Tips for Winning at Blackjack

And now for the “And Beyond” part. This is where it really gets interesting…

After 24 years of playing blackjack and an estimated 10,000 hours of actual game play I have learned much to tell about the game of blackjack. Its one of my great passions and loves in life.

Now once you’ve mastered basic blackjack strategy and have a good understanding of how card counting works you’ll be ready to learn some of my expert level tips on how to win at blackjack.

You see, both basic strategy and also card counting have a fundamental flaw that the casino’s exploit to turn the odds in their favor beyond what they should be. The fundamental flaw is that they both assume that the cards are randomly shuffled. However, my observations and experience from a lifetime of playing blackjack have proven to me that in many casinos, the cards are not shuffled randomly at all. Instead, they are sorted in an algorithmic way that tends to favor the house.

For example, both beginner blackjack players and professional card counters almost always follow the same rules. In fact, about 95% of blackjack players or more will always split Aces and Eights.


The casino knows that exactly what they’ll do. Should they really do this is the question nobody else seems to be asking…?

I’m sorry but I have to run out for now. I’ll be back to finish this in a bit.

Don’t worry – this next part I’m about to tell is where it gets real interesting…

OK… I’m back. Sorry about the brief wait. And now for the really crazy part about playing blackjack in many land based casinos. I already mentioned it briefly and you might have caught it.

Many casinos are not shuffling the cards randomly. They are “sorting” the cards using advanced mathematical algorithms such as Fibonacci sequencing or Fractal math models that order the cards in such as way they tilt the odds in the houses favor.

Because approximately 95% (estimated) of blackjack players all do the same things the majority of the time the casino distributes the cards out to the players in a way that favors the house.

For example, they might stick a whole lot of 10’s together. So everybody gets 20’s at the same time. Nobody wins or loses here. However, they’ll also stick all the 5’s together too.

So the players at the table get a pair of 5’s (or 5;4, 5;6, 6;4, etc) AND the dealer is showing a 4;5;6 for their up card. So all of the players at the table have “double down” hands.

They all double down and get one card only. They get another low card and don’t have a hand. Maybe one or two players get LUCKY, however most of the players at the table are screwed. Because out come a few more lower cards (they’re clumped together) and the dealer makes a hand – taking down the majority of the “double down” hands (a blackjack hand that should benefit the player).

This is just one example explained simply. There are far more advanced mathematics involved in the various algorithms used in the the casino’s automated shuffling machines and pre-sorted cards that they order from the factory. Not all casinos do this, however many order their cards presorted from the factory. These presorted cards favor the house.

Look for casinos that take brand new cards out of a deck that have the cards in their original order of Hearts & Clubs (Ace through King order), Diamonds & Spades (King through Ace order) with “Kissing Kings” in the middle (the King of Clubs and the King of Diamonds are known as the Kissing Kings. and also hand shuffle the cards.

If you can find that then you’re most likely getting a true fair chance at blackjack. Only then can a card mechanic get involved, but that’s less common. Instead of using card mechanics, they use shuffling machines with advances card reading, shorting capabilities that go beyond shuffling the deck.

One good things about online casinos is that their gaming software is programmed to fairly shuffle the cards before every hand is dealt. So as long as you playing at a reputable online casino then you have a fair chance on your double down and split hands.

In many casinos in real world locations those situation that should favor the player too often favor the house. So its a huge swing in their profitability on the game when they are suddenly winning more of the double and split hands than losing (when they should actually be losing more of them than they win).

If you’re thinking about playing blackjack on the web I recently wrote another entry about the best online blackjack real money casinos for mobile devices and computer users that you might find useful.

I can go on for hours about this stuff. I think that’s enough for now… I’ll come back one or two more times for a few final thoughts soon. Until then, good luck at the tables!

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