The 'perfect' Blackjack strategy has to cover every possible combination of cards. This quickly becomes hard to remember, especially under playing conditions.
What this simplified strategy does is give you a basic strategy, suitable for most hands you'll encounter, then takes you step by step to a more advanced level, until you're playing like a pro.
NB if you're new to Blackjack, it would be worth taking time out to read the following article: How to win at Blackjack - and why most players lose!
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Aces should be treated as 1, except with 7, 8, and 9 when they equal 11.
A, 6 is always 7
A, 8 is always 19
Player score is the total of all cards in your hand, not just the first 2, so the same rules apply to
7 and 6,
5, 4 and 4
A, 4 and 8
all of which should be treated as 13.
|3 to 11||HIT|
|12 to 16||HIT if dealer > 6, otherwise STAND|
|17 to 20||STAND|
|Exception: A, 7||HIT if dealer > 8, otherwise STAND|
As the beginner's strategy, with the addition of the Split on a pair
except 4s, 5s and 10s
|PAIR of 4s||HIT|
|PAIR of 5s||HIT if dealer has 10 or A,
else DOUBLE DOWN
|PAIR of 10s||STAND|
As the intermediate strategy, but with Double Down on 9, 10 and 11
|9||DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 7|
|10||DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 10|
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In order to take you from beginner through to High Rolling Blackjack player, we've put together a comprehensive Blackjack guide, that tells you everything you need to know:
A simple guide to playing Blackjack. An explanation of the rules, counting system and betting options - Hit, Stand, Double, Split, Surrender, Insurance etc.
This Blackjack Basics guide is designed to get you up and playing in as short a time as possible.
Casinos offer a multitude of Blackjack variations, each with a subtle twist on the standard game. They have also introduced side bets, optional bets that can win even when the main hand loses!
We've detailed all the major variations and side bets in this separate guide. Once you're familiar with the basic game, you can choose a variation that gives you exactly what you want!
New Blackjack players often think that the object of the game is to get a points total as close to twenty one as possible. It isn't.
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