Blackjack is one of the few casino games in which a player can actually gain an edge over the casino with a knowledge of basic strategy. Therefore, if you are planning to play blackjack online or in a live casino it is incredibly important to learn about the basics of blackjack strategy.

Players who are just starting out in the game of blackjack should begin by learning what is known in the world of blackjack as "basic strategy." Basic strategy is based on odds. Based on the value of the player's hand and the value of the dealer's up card, basic strategy lets a player know the best move in the situation (i.e. hit, stand, double down, split, etc.). Basic strategy comes in the form of tables and charts, which can be found online as well as in many books on blackjack strategy. It is important to note that basic strategy is not the same for every blackjack variation, as the number of decks, dealer rules and other specifications differ from game to game. Therefore, it is important to study up on the basic strategy of whichever game you will be playing.

Once a player has mastered basic blackjack strategy the next step is card counting. Card counting, contrary to popular belief, does not require memorizing every single card that has been dealt out. Card counting is rather a method of keeping track of the ratio of high cards to low cards that remain in the deck. When the ratio shows a lot of high cards (10s, Jacks, Queens and Kings), card counters typically raise their bets as the odds are in their favor. When the ratio shows a lot of low cards, card counters typically lower their bets until the count returns to their favor. Some of the most popular card counting systems include the Hi-Lo method, KISS, Knock Out Blackjack, Red Seven, Omega and Wong Halves. Keep in mind that, while card counting is not illegal, it is frowned upon by casinos. If you are caught counting cards the casinos reserve the right to ask you to leave.

Money management is also an important part of blackjack strategy. It is important to come to the blackjack table with a set bankroll in mind. You need to know your limits when it comes to placing bets and stick to them. There are players that like to manage their betting using progressive betting systems-some like to increase their bets as they win while others like to increase their bets as they lose. There are also players that stick to a flat amount of money that they will bet over the course of playing and once they hit it they stop playing, win or lose. Whichever method you choose, money management is key.

By familiarizing yourself with basic blackjack strategy, card counting and money management techniques you can ensure that you will play your best!