Blackjack players have a greater role in their own destiny than almost any other gambling players because the Blackjack dealer follows set rules and makes no real decisions of his or her own. An intelligent, well-informed player uses this knowledge to his or her tremendous advantage. There are three different strategies a Blackjack player can utilize:

  • Play Blackjack as a game of luck: Use a money management scheme and decide when to call a card and when to stand regardless of what the dealer shows. Apply a suitable money management system like the Paroli System and know when to quit by setting appropriate profit and loss limits.
  • Use basic strategy: Follow the game and analyze the dealer’s cards in order to determine whether to call a card or stand. Apply a suitable money management system like theD’Alenbert System and set appropriate profit and loss limits so you know when to quit.
  • Card Counting: This is difficult and if casinos catch you doing it they won’ t be too happy. If you utilize this method, it is best to learn from the experts. There are many books that detail Blackjack card counting strategies.

Paroli System
This system is in a way the opposite of the Martingale system. You start with one bet and you increase your bet when you win rather than when you lose.

However, you will need to plan a betting procedure whereby you know how far you will let the bet build before you take it down to the initial starting bet and how much to raise after each win. This obviously depends on the type of game played and the odds of the bet. The advantage of this system is that you do not require a large bankroll. It lets the profit run and cuts short the losses.D’Alenbert System
This is a mixture of Martingale and Insurance systems. Bets are raised one unit after each losing bet and lowered one unit after each winning bet. The sequence and amount raised or lowered can be varied to suit particular games and odds.

Basic Rules

    1. If the dealer’s up card is a seven (7) or higher, you should play to seventeen. That means that if you were dealt a 10 and a 2 (you have 12), you must hit this hand until you reach 17.
      Let’s say your next card is a 4 (you now have 16), You must hit this hand again, until you reach 17.
    2. If the dealer’s up card is a six (6) or lower but higher than a three (3) you must play to twelve and stop.
    3. If the dealer has a six (6) showing and you were dealt a 10 and a 2 ( you have 12), you must stand on this hand.
    4. If the dealer’s up card is a two (2) or a three (3) you must play until 13.
    5. If you were dealt a 10 and a 2 (you have 12), you must hit this hand.
    6. Let’s say the next card is an Ace (you now have 13), you


     stand on this hand.

Basic Strategy
Some of the most favorable odds found in any casino game can be found in Blackjack. However, these odds diminish greatly as the gambler strays from what we call “basic strategy.” “Basic strategy” is a chart that an individual player follows that tells he or she exactly when to hit, stand, split, or double down.

The charts that follow outline the basic strategy for a game that contains two decks, and one that forces the dealer to stay on a soft 17. If you follow this strategy your chances of a successful round of Blackjack will increase significantly. When played closely, the Basic Strategy can reduce the House’s edge in Blackjack to 0.5% or less, depending on the rule variations in effect.