BLACKJACK BASIC STRATEGY


The Basic Strategy For Blackjack


The basic strategy for blackjack was developed back in the early 1950's by the now infamous '4 Horsemen of Aberdeen' and has since been expanded on by other blackjack Hall of Fame members over the years.  

Playing blackjack by the basic strategy means you will keep the house edge during a game of blackjack at around 0.5%.  This gives you the best odds when betting to beat the dealer.


Blackjack Basic Strategy Explained

How To Use The Basic Strategy Card

Using the strategy card while you play blackjack is simple.  If you look at the chart, at the top you have 'Dealers Card' and along the left side you have 'Your Hand'.

You check Your Hand against the Dealers Card and make the play indicated on the basic strategy card where the 2 values meet up.  This will either be a H (hit), S (stand), DD (double down) or SP (split).

Example 1:  you are dealt A,4 and the dealer is showing a 7.

You look on the left (your hand) for A,4 and then line it up with the dealer card of 7 and it shows 'H' which means you should hit.


Example 2:  you are dealt 9,9 and the dealer is showing an 8

You look at your hand on the left for 9,9 and then line it up with the dealer card of 8 and it shows 'SP' which means you should split the hand.  You then follow the strategy card for each individual hand that has been split.



Blackjack Basic Strategy Practice


This strategy applies to regular 6-8 deck blackjack rules, where the dealer must hit on 16 or draw until 17 and you do not have the option to surrender.  

It works with all variants of online blackjack and live dealer blackjack games where the rules are the same as mentioned above.

Blackjack Basic Strategy Card

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