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The Value of Blackjack Cards

The Blackjack Card Value is:

  • 2 to 10, their numerical value.
  • Face cards (Jack, Queen, King or J-Q-K) are worth 10.
  • The Ace is worth 1 or 11 (it is up to the player who holds it).

That said, the value of blackjack cards is a simple thing to learn either by studying a little or by playing at the blackjack table. 

In the following lines you will learn what are the strong cards and weak cards; a first division of the 52 cards that make up a deck of English cards and that will help you to add up the value of them and anticipate if there have been many high cards (face cards and ace cards) or if on the contrary there have not been many. Of course, we will explain that this division was a necessity in the days when card counters travelled to casinos all over the world taking advantage of the mathematical advantage of this method. But in any case, the heart of this content on the value of blackjack cards is to know the rules of basic blackjack and to know how to differentiate the value of the face cards (King, Queen and Jack) from that of the other numbered cards.

We will also pay special attention to the actions we can take in a blackjack hand and the ways in which we can try to turn this casino game from a mere pastime into a game in which we can win money. To do this, in addition to the luck factor, we will need to make the mathematically optimal decisions. And although blackjack, like most casino games, belongs to the family of gambling games, the chances of minimising the disadvantage we start with as players with respect to the house, are more than real.

Weak cards and strong cards

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First of all we must introduce a strategic concept: to differentiate between the term weak card and strong card, which will be the dealer’s card depending on the value of the card that was dealt to the dealer. This is something that was used by card counters but can also be used if we do not count cards but want to learn how to play and have a blackjack table to help us when making decisions.

The value of each card in blackjack depends on the rules of the game and is set by default for all forms of the game. There is no margin for error or if we are in a casino in any country in the world that these blackjack values vary. But we can – on a strategic level – divide them into two main groups of cards. In fact in all books, strategy guides and blackjack tricks this categorisation is always respected:

To start counting cards and working on basic strategy systems, we should first of all differentiate between two types of cards.

Weak cards

It is called a weak card when the dealer has cards with points from 2 to 6. Statistically we know in this case that the dealer will spend more than 35% with the values 2, 3 and 4 and more than 40% with 5 and 6. 

In these cases, the player should consider the blackjack values and use the basic strategy, not to draw and give the dealer an advantage when it is not necessary and run the risk of going over 21 points.

In contrast to weak cards, there are strong cards. We explain what these cards are and how differentiating them can make all the difference.

Strong cards

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In blackjack we call the cards from 7 to 10 including the face cards (the value of the cards j q k) and the Ace, when the dealer has one of these cards he will have a strong and potentially winning hand about 35% of the time, and this value is increased if the player does not use basic blackjack strategy and does not draw when mathematically he should draw in order not to give the dealer more advantages.

When the dealer gets strong cards, we must keep a cool head and think that what appears to be a conservative strategy (stand and wait for the dealer to bust) will ultimately be a losing decision almost 70% of the time.

Card values 

Decision making must be based on the value of the cards.

To achieve a winning strategy, as we will see in the next section, we must apply what has been explained in terms of card values.

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