##### How to Win at Blackjack

Blackjack is a card game that involves players placing wagers on the outcome of a hand against the dealer. The goal is to get a total value of 21, or as close to 21 as possible without going over. The odds of winning at blackjack are very low, but there are a few things you can do to maximize your chances of winning and minimize the casino’s advantage.

#### Identify the Hot and Cold Tables

The first thing you should do when playing blackjack is determine whether the table is running hot or cold. You can do this by observing the behavior of the players at the table, especially their bet size. Usually, when the dealer is a bit more hesitant to deal, or when the player’s bets are larger than usual, the table is on the hot side of the spectrum.

You should also keep track of which players have the best hands at the table. Generally, the best players are those who have been at the table for a long time.

#### Use a Strategy

The best way to play blackjack is to use a strategy that has been developed by computer analysis and probability theory. This strategy will reduce the casino’s advantage to a fraction of a percent, making blackjack the most profitable casino game for the player.

#### Basic Strategy

The optimal way to play blackjack is according to a mathematical strategy that was created by a computer that analyzed millions of hands played over the course of millions of rounds. This strategy will ensure that you are always playing the right way and maximizing your winnings.

#### Insurance

If the dealer has an ace, players may place an insurance bet up to half their initial wager. The player’s insurance bet is placed on a special bar above the dealer’s cards, and if the dealer does have a blackjack, the insurance bet is paid two to one.

#### Surrender

Depending on the rules at your local casino, you can surrender your hand in exchange for half of your original wager. This option is usually only offered before the dealer peeks at the hole card and before additional cards are drawn for other hands.

#### Double Down

If you have a pair of cards, double your bet by placing an additional bet equal to the original amount. Afterwards, the dealer will tuck the extra card away and you will not see it until all of your other bets are settled.

Split *Splits are the best play for hands that are hard or soft. For example, if you have a 10-6 (soft 16) and the dealer has a 5-9 (hard 17), you should split your hand.

#### Do Not Send Texts to the Dealer

If the dealer is talking to you through live chat, do not send rude texts, as this could lead to you being kicked out of the casino. This is especially important if you are playing at an online casino.