Single Deck Blackjack: How to Beat the House and Win More
The main goal of the participant of the Single Decker Blackjack table game is to balance as close to 21 during the game as possible without, however, scoring higher than 21 points. The player can play with any amount not exceeding 21 in the hope that the dealer will score more than 21 points. A large deck of 52 cards (with denominations from Deuces to Aces) is used to draw bets. The gambling process consists of several played bets. Before the start of the round and subsequent entries, the deck is shuffled automatically. The dealer in online mode serves as a computer.
Each card in the deck is valued at a certain number of points during the betting process:
Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten are worth according to their face value (for example, Two is 2 points…);
for the King, Queen, and Jack, participants receive 10 points each;
the most senior card of the deck – Ace, can bring both one point and 11 points; the combination of cards “Ace + Six,” called “Soft,” can evaluate Ace as 11 points or 1 point, and “Ace + Six + Ten” – “Hard” evaluates Ace only one point.
Let’s get acquainted with the basic provisions and rules of this card game:
- The dealer deals two cards to themselves and a player. Then, they open one of their cards. If ten or ace shows up, the dealer opens the second card.
- The dealer does not draw cards at 17 points.
- Doubling can be performed on any two cards of the first deal.
- One split per box is allowed.
- Any cards that score 10 points are split.
- No blackjack is made with cards after the split.
- There is insurance against the dealer’s blackjack.
Typical case: The dealer shows their first card of two, three, four, five, or six. They are likely to lose. According to blackjack rules, the dealer must draw cards until they reach 17 points or more. There’s a good chance that the dealer will take a picture or ten (cards with ten points), as they appear in the deck most often.
What to do: In basic strategy, if the dealer shows a 2-4 card, a player with eleven points or less must buy cards without the possibility of going over, stopping at 12 or higher. If the dealer shows a card from five to six, the player with ten and eleven points should make a double.
How to count cards in Single Deck Blackjack?
Most players use two different card counting systems: “High/Low” when playing multiple decks and “High-Opt-1” for single-deck blackjack. In the latter system, cards 3-6 count as “+1”, 7, 8, 9, and A count as “0”, and 10 counts as “-1”.
Is single-deck blackjack still played?
It is not the most popular version of this game so far. However, several online casinos still offer it with a 3:2 payouts. Sometimes, single-deck blackjack has a payout of 6:5.
How is it possible to win at single-deck blackjack?
Stick to the basic blackjack strategy. Avoid taking insurance as the house edge (HE) is the same at 5.9%.
Is single-deck blackjack better than multi-deck blackjack?
Single-deck blackjack has a lower house edge of 0.15%. In addition, such moves as doubling down make single-deck blackjack look better than multiple-deck one.