How to Avoid Common Blackjack Beginner Mistakes

How to Avoid Common Blackjack Beginner Mistakes

January 27, 2021 Off By Debbie Tyrus

Most Blackjack players are aware of the importance of following a strategy. But even those playing with a basic Blackjack strategy in hand often end up making unnecessary mistakes regardless. These are just some of the more common mistakes made by beginners.

Knowledge is power and knowing what these common mistakes are means you’ll be able to avoid making them.

A Typical Hit-And-Stand Mistake

A common mistake is always hitting on 16 or less, while standing on 17 and over. These may be the dealer’s rules but that doesn’t mean to say all players have to blindly follow suit. In fact, sticking relentlessly to this rule will lead to endless hands and money lost.

The problem with sticking religiously to this concept is that every time the dealer and the player both end up busting, the player still loses. There’s a whole lot more losing going on than winning owing to the fact that Blackjack is played against the dealer instead of against every other player seated around the table.

Calling Time On Too Many Hands

There are only a few Blackjack hands truly justifying a surrender. They are: a total of 15 facing a 10 form the dealer, and a total of 16 facing the dealer’s 9, 10, or A.

If ever you should find yourself doubting the validity of the when-to-surrender rule, remind yourself that if you don’t play, you also can’t win. Becoming good at anything requires determination, a willingness to learn, and actually sticking with that thing. Blackjack is no exception.

Standing On 8s When Facing A 10

The only thought that should ever cross any player’s mind when dealt a pair of 8s should be to split. Failing to split a pair of 8s will without fail leave you sitting with the worst total that any player can have – 16.

Even when faced by a 10 from the dealer, the only remaining hope and the best possible course of action remains to split a pair of 8s.

Hitting 12 – 16 Opposite 2 – 6

Winning a hand doesn’t always mean having to hit when your total is “low”.

When the dealer happens to hold a “weak” up-card, for example 2 through 6, they have a high probability of busting. Choosing to hit when you yourself have a total of 12 through 16 means taking an unnecessary risk.

The lone exception to this rule is holding a 12 while facing a 2 or 3 from the dealer. In the case of a 12 vs. a 2 or 3, the best course of action would be to hit.

Not Splitting A Pair Of Aces

This may seem a strange inclusion on a list such as this one. But the reality is that many new players make the very common mistake of considering a pair of Aces a “safe” combination. Even when faced with a dealer-hand bound to go bust, the bottomline is this: always split a pair of Aces.

Since there’s a high percentage of cards valued 10 in any given deck or decks, it’s always a good idea to take a chance on the likelihood of a Blackjack when having an Ace in hand.