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Key Card and Position in Blackjack

To win at blackjack we need to understand the most important card and position in the game. Studying them is crucial in helping us play better and win more.

The key card in blackjack - -the most important one - -is the up-card of the dealer. We compare our first 2 cards with it and decide whether to stand, hit, double down, etc. We should get a good read of the up-card - to see the odds of it pairing with the hole card and the odds of both cards improving when the dealer hits another card. This is position in blackjack.

Basically, this is the position in blackjack we use in a game - -we try to anticipate how an up-card and our hand would end up after a hit. If the up-card is a king or an ace and we have a hand total of 14, we have no choice but to hit. A king can improve with any hole card and beats us with anything higher than a 4. While an ace can improve with one or 2 hits.

So, we hit to improve our odds against the up-card K. There's every chance the dealer's K would be improved by the hole and a hit. Our 14 is likely to bust, but our position in blackjack here is that we risk busting than lose without a fight against the K. If we hit a low card, like a 2 or 3, we either stand or hit one more. Once the K hits a high card (a 9, 10 or any face card) we get beat.

But, if we play our 14 against the dealer's up-card 5, our position in blackjack may be to stand. The anticipation here is that the hole is a 10 and a hit higher than a 6 busts the dealer's hand. But then, the hole may be a 6 and a hit of a K easily beats our 14.

So here, we get an idea of how to position in blackjack for a win.

However, there is an actual position in blackjack as far as the table is concerned. It's the Anchor Position. This involves higher stakes where players are expected to play professionally. This position in blackjack is found at the extreme left and is quite decisive in the hand of the dealer.

So, position in blackjack allows us to better situate ourselves to challenge the dealer's hand. We supplement this position with a strong hand with which we compare against the up-card of the dealer.

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