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Blackjack Basic Rules and StrategiesAre you brand new to blackjack? Then this guide is for you. It's an overview of how blackjack is played. Blackjack Game FlowHow is blackjack actually played? What are the rules? How do you start betting? These important questions are answered in this section of ReadyBetGo's Guide to Blackjack.Blackjack Plays: Insurance, Hit, Stand, Double, or SplitYou've been dealt your cards. Now what? You've got to make a decision. Should you take insurance, another card, double your bet, split a pair or just stand? Let's look at these decisions one at a time.Blackjack: Bad Play vs. StrategyThe casinos make a lot of money on blackjack. There are three types of players who they are happy to see coming up to the table. These people make bad plays for a number of reasons. Let's take a look at who's playing bad blackjack.Blackjack Basic StrategyBlackjack basic strategy is the keystone of good blackjack play. By learning it you'll remove yourself from the minor leagues where people are making the wrong plays at least 15% of the time. With easy to learn charts and good advice you'll become an advantage player.Lower the House Edge in BlackjackYou've learned the rules and some basic strategy. Now you want to get the best bang for your blackjack buck. Let's look at how doubling, splitting and hitting stiff hands can help and why insurance can't.Blackjack Probability and the House EdgeHow often should you expect to win in blackjack. Well, there are probabilities and there are realities. Just remember, they aren't often the same in the short run.How to Play Different Blackjack GamesPrior to starting any game of blackjack, be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules of that particular form of the game. This article explains how to adjust your blackjack strategy depending on the variation you are playing.
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Learning Blackjack with the Experts

Blackjack is far and away the most popular casino card game, but that wasn't always the case.  In 1962, Edward Thorp's Beat the Dealer gave players the insight that the blackjack could be beaten with a solid strategy, and the game hasn't looked back.
ReadyBetGo is here to help you learn the game of blackjack and increase your odds of winning. We'll introduce you to blackjack strategy, keep you abreast of the latest blackjack news, give you a short history of the game and present you with the best blackjack books and software.  You may also want to browse our new Professional Blackjack section. For more blackjack casino options, make sure to visit CasinosOnline that have listed many good casino sites for online blackjack that are rated and ranked and considered the best casinos for this game.

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Latest Blackjack Strategy and Rules

Best Strategy For Playing Blackjack
by ReadyBetGo Editor
Blackjack is one of the most popular table games in any online casino room. The card game sees you take on the dealer where the aim is to have the best hand without busting 21. Here are some tips which will hopefully help you the next time you play.
Why are Live Dealers so Popular?
by ReadyBetGo Editor
Nearly all online casinos these days love to talk about their live dealer sections. But why the buzz around live dealers? Do they give you better odds than slots? Are they more entertaining or just overhyped?
Tips for Adapting Casino Strategies in Live Roulette and Blackjack
by ReadyBetGo Editor
The emergence of live casinos online has added an exciting new element to roulette and blackjack. In these games, the presence of a live dealer makes this a unique experience. However, you may wonder whether you need a different strategy to play in this way.
The Five Most Powerful Starting Hand Types in Blackjack
by ReadyBetGo Editor
When playing poker, most people know that there are certain hands that give you a huge advantage. A royal flush is the best hand you can have, almost unbeatable, and one that doesn’t come around that many times. Straight flushes, four of a kind, full houses, these are all great hands where you can bet pretty confidently and hope to win the pot.

Blackjack Book Reviews

Counting Game
Beyond Coincidence, The Counting Game, and Inside the Ropes
by Howard Schwartz
Every once in a while a book reviewer finds a selection of books related, yet unrelated. The question: how to present them to an audience of people interested in how to make money, save money or just 'follow the money' (as they say in politics). Here are three books related to winning, betting and luck in their own way—you'll understand the connection quickly.
James McKenna's Beyond Traps
'Beyond Tells' Author Release 'Beyond Traps'
by Howard Schwartz
If you enjoyed James McKenna's Beyond Tells you'll appreciate his focus in 'Beyond Traps -- The Anatomy of Poker Success.' Hollywood Dave Stann's 'Hollywood Blackjack' makes for some fast-paced, colorful reading.
Andy Bloch's Beating Blackjack DVD
'Beating Blackjack with Andy Bloch' Review
by Bill Rini
Andy Bloch was one of the masterminds behind the MIT Team that took Vegas for millions of dollars. He has recently released a DVD that lays out his strategies for winning at blackjack. Here, Bill Rini gives us his opinion on this new product.

Blackjack News

Who's the Best Blackjack Player on the Net?
Friday, July 04, 2008
Throughout July, bet365 is hosting an amazing blackjack competition to find the best Blackjack player on the net. For just £1 per hand players can join in the battle for a piece of the £50,000 prize fund and the chance to be crowned the 'bet365 Master of Blackjack'.
Backgammon Masters to Enlist MIT '21' Movie Blackjack Team
Thursday, April 17, 2008
BackgammonMasters plan to enlist the MIT "Blackjack Teams" to test their new BlackJack platform and Basic Blackjack Calculator.
MIT Blackjack Team to Hold Seminars Nationwide
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The iconic MIT blackjack team, whose real-life adventures inspired the movie "21" and New York Times bestseller "Bringing Down The House", legally won millions from casinos throughout the United States. Now, two former members of that elite card-counting squad are paying visits to select cities in order to teach others how to win at blackjack.
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