Blackjack Basic Strategy
For the majority of players, Blackjack is a guessing game. Sometimes they will stand with 12 or 13 against the dealers ace, other times they wont. Many so-called seasoned players will say don't take a card on 15 if the dealer has a ten or ace. This is simply wrong, as they've either never read a Blackjack book or refuse to accept the evidence of computer simulations.
If you wish to simply enjoy playing Blackjack you should invest a little time in learning the basic strategy.
Basic strategy will be slightly different depending on where you play and the exact implementation of the rules and the number of card decks used. The following chart is a general basic strategy, which will cater for the majority of versions of the game:
The chart should be fairly self-explanatory. Your hand is represented by the first column; the dealers card is shown on the top row. The letter indicates whether you should Hit, Stand, Double or Split. For example lets say you have 9 and 5 (total of 14) and the dealer has a 7. By referring to the chart you'll know the correct action is to Hit (take another card). However if the dealer had a 6 you would Stand.
Notice that the chart tells you to take a card on soft 18 (Ace + 7) when the dealer has 9. Although it may seem strange to take another card on 18, you should as you have a potentially losing hand. By hitting you will increase your chances of winning.
Memorise the chart, it shouldn't take long and will save you a great deal of money if you play Blackjack regularly.
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