Blackjack Tutorial

Blackjack Tutorial

Thanks to Kharma [156342] for this great tutorial!
Thanks also to schwettynuts [566707] for further tips

A few pointers for playing Blackjack on Torncity.
You can play Blackjack once you are level 4.

When to hit

You don’t always hit on 12s-15s. If you are holding one of those hands at the start and the dealer is showing a 3,4,5, or 6 – many times it is best to NOT HIT. You are banking that the dealer has a ten hidden and he will bust. Many hands are won for players this way. The dealer has to hit on 16 or lower – rules of blackjack. Sometimes you hold low to let him bust. This puts the odds in your favor.


You don’t always split. The biggest mistake people make is splitting 10s. DON’T DO THAT. 20 is a solid hand. Splitting tens is a horrible move and will get your ass kicked if you are sitting at a table full of people that know how to play- trying to get the dealer to bust.

If you are dealt two aces: Split them. When you’ve split keep track of what cards get dealt on the first set because the exact same cards will be played in the second set. So, if the dealer busts on the first set, don’t even bother hitting in the second set because the dealer will bust again.

Doubling down

Doubling down is a privilege, not a right. Use it sparingly. Doubling down needs to be done with two things in mind: According to your hand and the dealer’s hand.

Example: You have 11. The dealer has a 6. This is the perfect time to “double down”. You will get one and only one card – hoping that it is a ten. But if it is not a ten, have no fear. Say you get a 2 – thus making your hand 13 now. The dealer has a 6. You hope he has a ten hidden – giving him 16. He must, by rule, hit 16. Your 13 hand could win when/if he busts.
Now say he has a ten or an ace showing. You have 11. Some would say double down – personally I would not. That is preference. Bit more chance that he won’t have 20 or blackjack and take twice your money. In that case, I prefer to go with a standard hit.

Never, ever, ever double down with a 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 showing to the dealer’s 10 or ace. That is bad odds.
In general, if you are new, don’t even think of doubling down unless you have 11.

Always double down when you have 11, unless the dealer is showing an ace!

Note: The dealer, by rule, must always hit on a hand of 16 or less. When he shows a 5 or 6, you are hoping he has a ten hidden. In this case you are hoping the dealer will “bust”. When the dealer shows a 5 or a 6, it may be best to not hit your 12-16 hand. Just hope he busts.


If you have ace,ace, -2,2 -3,3 – 7,7 – 8,8 – Then split them. You can hope for a ten on the latter or try to build on low hands like aces -3s.

How much to wager

Be smart on your wager. First say “Hey there Billy… how much can you AFFORD to lose today?” Set a number and divide that by 75 (or 90 if you voted). Only wager that each time.
Don’t be greedy and bet more than you can afford.

Soft and Hard Hands
There are “soft” and “hard” hands.
Ace, 5 is called a “soft” 16. Ace, 4 “soft” 15 etc. Soft because you have the option to hit again because an ace is either 1 or 11. You can safely hit on a “soft” hand b/c it is not necessarily locked in.
A “hard” 16 is anything that make up 16 that doesn’t have an ace.
Difference between hard and soft is the ace adding ability to play with the hand a bit more.

If you had a “soft” 16 (ace, 5) you would be more inclined to hit hoping for another ace (1), a two, 3, 4 or 5. But even a ten would give you 16 – leaving you no worse off than you started.
Soft hands can add a bit more “luck” to your side.
Play them accordingly.

If the dealer gets a natural hand of 21 (made up of an ace + 10, King etc), you win double your bet.

Charlie Rule

If either you or the dealer get 5 cards at or under 21, then you automatically win.

BlackJack Strategy Card

Click to view a card that tells you exactly what to do based on your hand and the dealers card.

Martingale Betting System

The Martingale system is when you double your bet each time you lose. This system does not put the odds in your favour. For more information on why this system doesn’t work, visit this page:


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