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# Basic Blackjack Strategy Explained

The main objective of the blackjack strategy is to decrease dealer’s chances to win. This strategy is a set of rules and recommendations which are aimed at reaching the win at blackjack. Researchers, player and statisticians have analyzed different variant of the game development and results of their work represent main actions, which have to be made by players. This blackjack basic strategy indicates when to hit, stand, double down or split.

If you want to start play blackjack you should take into consideration not only the rules of the game, but also strategies of success. Basic blackjack strategy may be different for any game according to the amount of decks, so you should pick whether you have to use a strategy for single deckvariant or for multiple.

## MAIN RULES FOR THE BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY

• if dealer’s up card is 6 or lower and your total is 12 or more;
• if dealer’s up card is 7 or higher and your total is 17 or more;
• on soft 18 or more!
• on soft 17 or less!
• on 10/11 if your total is higher that dealer’s up card!
• if you have pair of Aces and 8’s;
• if you have pair of 7’s, if dealer’s has 7 or less
Remember! Dealer takes cards until his value of them reaches 17 points or higher.

## MIND THE DEALER

The basis of this strategy is that dealer has to stand on 17 or more points. Also, it is important that he can not split or double down. Take into consideration:

• If dealer’s face up cards values from 3 to 6 points, there is a good chance that he will bust;
• stand if your total is 13-16 point and dealer’s up card is 3-6;
• hit if your total is 13-16 and dealer’s up card is 7-10, J, Q, K, A.

## BLACKJACK BASIC STRATEGY FOR SOFT HANDS

A soft hand means that one of your starting hands contains an Ace and it is counted as 11.

• player’s 13 / 14 against dealer’s up 5 / 6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 15 / 16 against dealer’s up 4-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 17 against dealer’s up 3-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 18 against dealer’s up 3-6
• player’s 18 against dealer’s up 9, 10, J, Q, K, Ace
• player’s 18 against dealer’s up 2,7,8

## BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY FOR HARD HANDS

A hard hand means that one of your starting hands contains an Ace and it is counted as 1.

• player’s 9 against dealer’s up 3-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 10 against dealer’s up 2-9 (o/w hit)
• player’s 11 against dealer’s up 3-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 9 on any hand of 8 and lower
• player’s 12 against dealer’s up 4-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 13-16 against dealer’s up 2-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s 17-21 against any dealer’s

## BASIC BLACKJACK STRATEGY FOR SPLITTING PAIRS

• player’s 2-3,7 against dealer’s up 2-7 (o/w hit)
• player’s 4 only against dealer’s up 5-6
• player’s 6 against dealer’s up 2-6 (o/w hit)
• player’s Ace & 8 against any dealer’s
• player’s 9 against dealer’s up 2-6, 8-9
• player’s 9 against dealer’s up 7, 10, J, Q, K, Ace
• player’s 5, 10, J, Q, K

Shuffle tracking is one of the strategies in gambling games which presupposes tracking of cards through a series of shuffle and during the play of the shoe. The player has to play and bet accordingly the time cards come into play from a new shoe.

The player can also benefits by identifying cards from distinctive wear markings on their backs, or by hole carding (observing during the dealing process the front of a card dealt face down).

Card counting is one of the blackjack strategies, which is rather popular in land casinos. The most common variations of this strategy are based on statistical evidence that high cards (Ace, Jack, Queen, King, 10) benefit the player more than the dealer, while cards with lower value benefit the dealer, but not the player.

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