The ‘perfect’ Blackjack strategy has to cover every possible combination of cards. This quickly becomes hard to remember, especially under playing conditions. What this simplified strategy does is give you a basic strategy, suitable for most hands you’ll encounter, then takes you step by step to a more advanced level, until you’re playing like a pro.
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How to use this simplified Blackjack strategy
Aces should be treated as 1, except with 7, 8, and 9 when they equal 11.
A, 6 is always 7
A, 8 is always 19
Points total is the total of all cards in your hand, not just the first 2, so the same rules apply to
7 and 6,
5, 4 and 4
A, 4 and 8
all of which should be treated as 13.
Stage 1 – Beginner’s Blackjack strategy
|3 to 1112 to 16
17 to 20
Exception: A, 7
|HITHIT if dealer > 6, otherwise STAND
HIT if dealer > 8, otherwise STAND
Stage 2 – Intermediate Blackjack strategy
As the beginner’s strategy, with the addition of the Split on a pair
|ALL PAIRS except 4s, 5s and 10sPAIR 4s
HIT if dealer has 10 or A, else DOUBLE DOWN
Stage 3 – Advanced Blackjack strategy
As the intermediate strategy, but with Double Down on 9, 10 and 11
|DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 7DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 10