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Strategy and Tips on Blackjack: Gaining the winning edge in Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the few casino games that are beatable in the long run. (a.k.a. Pontoon, Twenty-One, Vingt et un) is the most widely played casino game in the world, it blends chance and skill giving the player a greater opportunities to win. It means that by using a basic blackjack strategy you can have an advantage over the casino and eventually step away from the blackjack table as a winner. Here you can find the basic blackjack strategy explained in a simplified manner.

The blackjack strategy is based on the mathematical probabilities of the game and it provides you guidance on the best decisions to make at every possible situation during the game. It takes about an hour to memorize this strategy but it is worth every minute. This does not man you will win every single blackjack game from now on, but with the help of the blackjack strategy, patience and persistence, you can significantly improve your chances of beating the casino in the long run.

Note: that some blackjack rules vary from one casino to another. In some casinos, both brick and mortar and internet casinos, blackjack is played with one card deck while in others the blackjack game occupies four decks or more. In addition, in some of the casinos the dealer hits on a soft 17 while in others he is required to stand and doubling after splitting is allowed only in some of the casinos.

Here you can find a basic strategy to a single deck blackjack game where the dealer hits on soft 17. Playing other blackjack variants would require you to make some adjustments for a few borderline occurrences.

First, here is a short introduction to the terms mentioned here:

  • Hard Hand: two initial cards that do not include an Ace.
  • Soft Hand: two initial cards that one of them is an Ace
  • Stand: when a player is not asking to be dealt more cards after the two initial cards.
  • Hit: when a player calls for an additional card to be dealt
  • Double: when a player doubles his initial bet after the initial deal, but it requires him to hit only one card.
  • Split: when a player separates the initial two cards into two individual hands and plays them as 2 hands.

Finally, here is a basic blackjack strategy:

  • When your initial two card hand sums up to 8 or less: hit
  • When your hand sums up to 9 and the dealer hand value is between 3 and 6: double if else: hit when your hand sums up to 10 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 9: double; if else:
  • When your hand sums up to 11 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 10: double; if else hit.
  • When your hand sums up to 13, 14, 15, or 16 and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 6: stand; if else hit.
  • When your hand sums up to 17: stand.
  • when your initial two card hand contains Ace 2 or Ace 3 and the dealer has either 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
  • When your hand contains Ace 4 or Ace 5 and the dealer has 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
  • When your hand contains Ace 6 and the dealer has 3, 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
  • When your hand contains Ace 7 and the dealer has 2, 7 or 8: stand; if he has 3, 4, 5 or 6: double; if else: hit.
  • When your hand contains Ace 8 or Ace 9: stand
  • When your hand contains a pair of 2s or 3s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7: split; if else: hit
  • When your hand contains a pair of 4s and the dealer has either 4 or 5: split; if else: hit
  • When your hand contains a pair of 5s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 9: double; if else: hit
  • When your hand contains a pair of 6s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 6: split; if else: hit
  • When your hand contains a pair of 7s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7: split; if else: hit
  • When your hand contains a pair of 8s: split
  • When your hand contains a pair of 9s and the dealer hand value is between 2 and 7 and either 8 or 9: split; if else: stand
  • When your hand contains a pair of 10s: stand
  • When your hand contains a pair of 8s: split

Here is a chart for Blackjack strategy that you can use both online and offline:

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