will provide you with strategic advice and tips for BlackJack that may increase your chances of winning.

TIP 1: A well known effective strategy, though old, deals with what you should do when the dealer shows small cards (i.e. 2-3-4-5-6). You shouldn’t be hesitant to stand on a 12 (based on mathematics). There is no risk involved as the dealer’s chances of busting (exceed 21, Ed.) are greater than yours. *Exception to rule No. 1: When you have a 12 (also a two-card or three-card 13) against a dealer’s 2 or 3, you should draw another card.

TIP 2: Let’s take a look at a situation where the dealer has 7 or greater (the so-called “big cards”, i.e. 7, 8, 9 and 10) and you have up to 16 in total. In this case you should draw another card (IMPORTANT: You should stand on 17) because in the long run you will win more money. *Exception: When playing “21” at home, the rules are slightly different. As certain cards are not included, and the dealer doesn’t show their cards as in casino blackjack, it is OK for you to hit on 17 because if the dealer has also 17, then you lose. On the contrary, if this is the case in a casino, the bets are returned. Also, you should always hit on 16, unless you make an attempt to bluff the dealer in order for them to bust.

TIP 3: Let’s check what happens when the dealer has the so-called small cards (4-5-6). You have chances of winning, if you double your bet when your cards have a total of 9-10-11. *Note: As mentioned above, “double down” gives you the possibility to double your bet after receiving EXACTLY ONE MORE CARD (e.g.: If you double on 10 and draw a 3, you are not allowed to draw another card).

TIP 4: In case you have two cards that total 10 or 11 and the dealer has an 8 or lower, you should double if you would like to win in the long run.

TIP 5: Finally, let’s see what happens when you have an Α and a 7 and the dealer has a 9 or greater. In this case you should draw one more card.

General Blackjack Tips: According to John Taramas, if you would like to make money in the long run, you should have 10 pots of 100 units each. Each player decides on the amount per unit, depending on their budget, e.g. 1, 5, 10 EUR or more. You should play one 100 unit pot per day. Once you reach 50% profit, i.e. 150 units, the goal for the day has been achieved and you should quit playing and cash out. In all activities involving financial transactions, including Blackjack, bankroll management is the key to a successful play and it should never be neglected. Always play with a certain amount of your bankroll. It should be the amount of cash you can afford to lose, meaning that losing it would not in any case affect your personal, family, social, financial or professional life. If you exceed the bankroll limit you have chosen, not only you are jeopardising the above, but you increase your chances of losing due to the wrong decisions you will most certainly make, if playing under stress.