One of the best places to get decent odds on the casino floor is on the blackjack table. If you follow a simple and basic odds chart the game of blackjack will give almost even odds, with only an edge of half a percent going to the house. Without a basic odds chart to follow, the house edge can grow to as much as 8%.
Basic blackjack odds charts tell you what the correct play should be for every situation that you might find yourself in during a hand. The ideal situation is to hit a two-card total of 21. That will occur on average 4.8% of the time, and hitting it not only wins you your bet but it will pay you between 2 to 1 and 6 to 5 on your bet, depending on rules of the blackjack game you’re playing at the time.
Also, 30% of the time you will be dealt a hand that totals between 17 and 20. These hands are considered hard stand hands because the chances of busting, if you take another card, are better than 70%. So standing on these hands will be the correct play regardless of what the dealer may be showing. Another 26.5% of the time you be dealt a hand of 11 or less, requiring another card to have a chance at winning.
Most of the time, (38.7%) you will be dealt a hand that will require a decision on your part as to whether or not to take another card to improve. Any two-card total between 12 and 16 will require that you either draw another card, or stand pat with what you’ve been dealt. The decision you make depends on the card that the dealer has turned up.
Odds charts for blackjack differ depending on the game that you’re playing. The first thing to do is to determine the rules of the blackjack variant you’re in and then to find the correct odds chart for that game. The rest is as simple as following the chart and choosing the right time to stop playing if you’re up against the game or have lost your limit.