There are many detailed descriptions of blackjack basic strategies, but many users don't have the desire to study numerous tables and columns of figures. Moreover, gamblers usually sit at the table extremely rarely and believe that it would be nice at least to avoid making silly mistakes. We will try to help such players in this article. The main paragraphs of the basic strategy will be presented very briefly in a simple and accessible way with the detailed explanation of all terms. We hope that it will help all novice gamblers to quickly master the basic principles.
Broadly speaking, the basic strategy offers players patterns for two hundred and seventy possible situations. Ten face-up dealer's cards are multiplied by twenty-seven possible player's hands. It is difficult and tiresome for most inexperienced players to study all of them. Some sources recommend that users should memorize all combinations, but there are easier ways to master them.
We recommend that users should select a multi-deck version, in which the dealer stands on a soft seventeen, for the first acquaintance with the basic strategy. This is the most common type of blackjack that is available at most casinos. As soon as you understand the basic terms, it will be possible to try other combinations of decks and rules.
In general, many rules can be united into so-called groups. For example, there is no need to remind you that when you have an 11, you should double if the dealer has a 2, 3, 4, and so on up to ten inclusive. It is enough to understand that in such a situation you should double if the dealer has any card, except for an ace. Acting in accordance with this principle, you do not have to memorize mechanically all the situations that may arise at the table.
We have united all possible combinations in twenty six simple rules that should be used to play blackjack.
• You should always stand on a 17
• You should double if you have 11 points in case of any dealer's cards, except for an ace
• You should double on a ten against any dealer's cards, except for a ten and an ace
• You should double on a nine if the dealer has from a three to a six inclusive
• Hit if you have less than a 12 (make a double in the cases mentioned above)
• You should surrender on a 15 against a dealer's 10
• You should surrender on a 15 against a dealer's 9 or higher
• It you have the other score, hit against a dealer's 7 or higher
• Hit on a 12 against a dealer's a 2 or 3
• In other cases you should stand
• You should always stand on a 19 or 20
• You should stand on an 18 against a dealer's 7 or 8
• If you have the other score, you should hit against a dealer's 7 or higher
• You should double on any score against a dealer's 5 or 6
• You should double on a soft 15-18 against a dealer's 4
• You should double on a 17 or 18 against a dealer's 3
• You should double on an 18 against a dealer's 2
• In other cases it is necessary to hit
Pairs in Player's Hands
• You should always split eights and aces
• Never split tens
• You should double two fives against a dealer's 9 or lower
• Don't split nines against a dealer's 7, 10, or ace
• Hit on any pairs from deuces to sixes inclusive if the dealer has an eight or higher (except for fives against a dealer's eight and nine when you need to make double)
• Hit on two sixes and fours if the dealer has a 7
• Hit on two fours if the dealer has a 4 or lower
• In other cases you should split
Recommendations for hard hands are memorized easier, because users come across them more frequently while playing. Users can improve their skills using special simulators, which can be downloaded from the Internet. In addition, most online casinos offer the opportunity to gamble for free using conditional chips. You can make a cheat sheet and use it until you memorize all the options.
It is also worth noting that in some cases professionals advise gamblers to add some changes to the basic strategy, but such nuances should be studied as soon as you have firmly mastered all the basics.
Play regularly and you will achieve the required result!