Blackjack, although a very popular game, might be a mystery to some people. Sure, you might already know the objective of the game by heart and you might have practiced the game enough in your favorite online casino, but there is still some information that people tend to overlook or they are just probably misinformed about them.
Today, I am going to go over some little-known information about blackjack that you should know.
The House Edge
There is this notion that the ‘house’ always wins (‘the house’ being the gambling institution or the casino). Blackjack is lauded for being a game that has one of the lowest house edges among the others. Usually, the game only has 1.3% house edge but there are casinos that might bump that up to 3% or more depending on the establishment.
Assuming that the game has a 3% house edge and that your starting bet is $300, there are three likely scenarios that may happen. You can either lose your $300 (if the dealer beats you or that your pair of cards is a bust), you could win back your $300 (if the game results in a push in that you’re going to get even money), or you could win $350 (if you have a winning pair of cards).
It is important that before you sit down on a blackjack table that you know the minimum and maximum limits, as well as the house edge so that you will know how much money you could potentially win.
To win the game, your pair of cards should be better than what the dealer has on their hand. That being said, a typical game of blackjack pays 3:2 which means that a bet of $300 will get you $350 if you win.
Now, there are some things that you need to know here. Have you heard of the concept of Soft 17? You see, when the dealer or the player gets an Ace card, they will have the option to either give it a value of 11 or 1.
Usually, dealers do not want to stand on a 17 and that is why it is known as a ‘soft’ 17. They only stand if their cards have a value of more than 17 but less than 21.
The player may choose to stand if they have a 17 and it is also somewhat safe for them because 17 will not result in a bust.
You want to get familiar with the casino’s rules before you play the game. That is because there are some casinos that might not give you the option to double down again or the choice to re-split the cards after you’ve split the first time around.
The Importance of Hand Gestures
Now, when you play online blackjack, you just select the appropriate action and the game proceeds as usual. However, if you are playing in an actual casino, you do not just tell the dealer what you want to do but you actually have to make hand signals. Let me explain.
Hand gestures are required because all of the blackjack games are recorded on camera. This is so that the casino pit bosses can tell what happens at any given moment and hand signaling is the best way to tell them what is going on.
Do not worry, there should be a compendium or rulebook of sorts that will tell you about the appropriate hand gestures you can make during the game.