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Basic Blackjack Strategy for Beginners

There are a lot of detailed descriptions of the basic blackjack gaming strategy, but not all people are willing to study multiple tables and figures. Moreover, some people play seldom and consider that it would be great not to make silly mistakes. In this article we will try to help such players. The basic strategies will be given in several points. It will be made in a clear and simple way with a detailed description of all terms. We hope that it will help the beginners to fathom the basic principles of the right play. Let us start.
Upon the whole, the basic strategy presents the matrix to the players that consists of 270 possible situations. 10 cards that dealer can open are multiplied by 7 possible hands of the player. It is hard and tiring for the novice to learn all of them. some sources recommend simple learning by heart, however there are simple ways of learning.
Several decks variant and hard combinations с сотановкой дилера на мягких 17 are recommended for initial study of the basic strategy. This is the most common type of blackjack that you can find in the majority of casinos. When you understand the main principles, then you can start learning other combinations and rules.
In general the rules can be classified. For instance, there is no need to remember that one should double when he has eleven in case the dealer has two, three, four and so on including ten. It is enough to understand that it is worth to double when you have any card of the dealer but the ace. Acting according the same principle, you will not have to remember by heart all situations that can arise during the game.
We united all possible hands into 26 simple positions you should stick to when you play blackjack.

Hard hands
• Also stop gathering when you have 17 points or more
• Always double when you have 11 against any dealer’s cards with exception of ace.
• Always double against ten against dealer’s cards with exception of ace and ten.
• Make double at 9 if dealer has cards from 3 to 6 including 6
• Take the card at any score up to 12 (make double in the cases mentioned earlier)
• Surrender at 15 against 10 of the dealer
• Surrender at 16 against 9 or higher
• When you have other cards take again against seven or higher of the dealer
• Take card when you have 12 against 2 or 3 of the dealer
• Stop taking cards in other cases.

Soft hands
• Always stop gathering cards at 19 or 20
• Stop gathering at 18 against 7 of the dealer or higher.
• If you have other cards you should take more cards against the dealer’s 7 or higher
• Make double when you have any number of points against 5 or 6 of the dealer.
• Make double at soft 15-18 against 4
• Make double at 17-18 against 3
• Make double at 18 against 2
• Leave the card in other cases

When you have a pair

• Always split 8 and ace
• Never split tens
• Make double of two fives against 9 or lower of the dealer
• Do not split nines against seven, ten or ace at the dealer.
• Take the card at any pairs from twos to sevens while the dealer has eight or higher (with exception of fives as dealer has 8 or 9, when double should be made).
• Take the card when you have two 6 or 4, when the dealer has 7
• Take the card at two fours when the dealer has 4 or lower
• In other cases split
Hard hands are remembered most of all because you have them frequently. You can practice with help of practicing tools that can be downloaded from Internet. Besides, many online casinos provide this opportunity of free game. You can make necessary notes and use them. They will remind you of the actions you should make until you remember them.
It is worth mentioning that professionals advise not to follow the main rules of the basic strategy always, but these nuances must be regarded only when you know all basics well. Practice and you will get the result!

Tags: Blackjack
Date: 2011-10-17


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