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How to Tally Points

When you play Blackjack, the only thing that matters is the numerical value of the cards. To win, you must have a higher card value than the dealer, but cannot go over 21. If you do, you will bust and end up losing as well. If you feel lucky, you can also draw another card to inch closer to the total of 21, but that is entirely up to you.

As stated before, the type of card does not matter. Whether it is the 4 of hearts or 5 of clubs, the values are 4 and 5. However, an Ace card can be valued as a 1 or an 11. Any card that is a face card, such as the King or Queen, is valued at 10 points.

The Importance of 10 points

Although it may not be apparent at first, the cards that are worth 10 points are easily the most valuable ones that you can play in Blackjack. First, they appear more frequently than any other card because there are 4 cards that are worth 10 points for each suit. That means that you have a high probability of getting a face card.

Combine a face card with an Ace and you will instantly get a natural Blackjack, a point total of 21. This results in a bigger payout as well, giving out a 3 to 2 payout. Because of this, it is very important to play face cards accordingly.

The Impact of the 5 Cards

The cards that are worth 5 points have a huge impact on the game of Blackjack. By drawing a 5, a player has a higher likelihood of going bust with their cards or getting a stiff hand. The cards will certainly affect your game, and the casino knows it. If the 5 cards were removed from the deck, the odds would drastically shift in your favor. However, it would be impossible to count cards without the 5's and 10 value cards, so they are not completely useless.

Enjoying Blackjack

Blackjack is a game that requires both skill and luck, Now that you understand the basics behind the game; it will be more enjoyable for you. As you play, you will begin to form a strategy that is unique to you. No matter how you play, don't forget that each card has a value and each card will get you closer to that Blackjack.

If you want to take your skills to the next level, counting cards is a very effective strategy that will help you even the odds against the house and the casino. It may take a little practice to get it right, but will help you.