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Blackjack Basic Strategy Guide

a guide to basic blackjack strategy

Those familiar with Blackjack will understand there is a correct mathematical way to play blackjack.

It’s known as Basic Strategy and if used correctly minimises the house edge and gives the player the best chance of winning.

In fact it’s such an accepted way of playing that Land Based and some Online Casinos even provide guides on how to use Blackjack basic strategy.

If you’re a regular at land based casinos then you’ll also know that dealers will also help remind you of the strategy. Especially if you’re about to do something stupid!

In most instances where you can’t remember it you can ask for a prompt and they’re happy to help.

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Blackjack basic Strategy – Dealer stands on Soft 17

Your Cards Dealers Cards
Hard Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
4-8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
10 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H
11 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H Su/H H
16 S S S S S H H Su/H Su/H Su/H
17+ S S S S S S S S S S
Soft Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
13 H H H D/H D/H H H H H H
14 H H H D/H D/H H H H H H
15 H H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
16 H H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
17 H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
18 S D/S D/S D/S D/S S S H H H
19+ S S S S S S S S S S
Splits 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
2-2 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
3-3 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
4-4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
5-5 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H
6-6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7-7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8-8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9-9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
10-10 S S S S S S S S S S
A-A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP

Key

  • H – Hit
  • S – Stand
  • D/H – Double if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • Su/H – Surrender if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • SP – Split.

Blackjack Basic Strategy – Dealer hits on Soft 17

Your Cards Dealers Cards
Hard Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
4-8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
10 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H
11 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H Su/H Su/H
16 S S S S S H H Su/H Su/H Su/H
17 S S S S S S S S S Su/H
18+ S S S S S S S S S S
Soft Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
13 H H H D/H D/H H H H H H
14 H H H D/H D/H H H H H H
15 H H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
16 H H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
17 H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H H H H
18 D/S D/S D/S D/S D/S S S H H H
19 S S S S D/S S S S S S
20+ S S S S S S S S S S
Splits 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
2-2 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
3-3 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
4-4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
5-5 D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H D/H H H
6-6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7-7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8-8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP Su/SP
9-9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
10-10 S S S S S S S S S S
A-A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP

Key

  • H – Hit
  • S – Stand
  • D/H – Double if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • Su/H – Surrender if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • SP – Split.