Blackjack is one of those games that's easy to learn but deceptively hard to master. While there are some games you can't win (sometimes luck just isn't on your side), there are a few strategies you can use to increase your chances of success. Here are a few invaluable insider tips to up your winning streak.
1: Stand on Hard 17s
One of the easiest mistakes to make during a hand of Blackjack is taking a hit when you don't need to. If you've got a hard 17 it's always best to stand, as there are only four cards that can benefit you out of the whole deck, which doesn't make for good odds.
2: Hit on Soft 17s
Having an ace gives you a lot of flexibility, so you should always hit if you've got a soft 17. You can easily use the ace to bring you back down to a lower value if you go over 21 (although this might not matter depending on which rules you're playing with) and the chances are good you'll get a better hand overall.
3: Watch the Dealer's Hand
As a general rule, if your dealer has a 7 or above, you don't want to stand if you have 12 to 16. The chances are the dealer will outvalue you when they hit. It's worth noting that sometimes standing on anything under 17 is certainly a good play, but only if the dealer has a high value hand that could bust them easily.
4: Ignore 'Winning Streaks'
One of the myths of gambling: nothing will drain your winnings faster than thinking you're on a winning streak. Even if you've won a few games in a row, no matter how lucky you think you might be, it will end. The best thing to do is keep your cool. Either expect and accept loses, or simply stop playing while you're ahead.
5: Learn and Understand Blackjack Strategy
If you tend to play casually, then you might not be so concerned with this piece of advice, but it can be very helpful for your game nonetheless. A quick search online for blackjack strategy will give you a variety of results tailored for different tables and games. These can be very useful indeed if you play regularly at a casino.