Basic Player Blackjack Tips

  • Playing strategy: This table tells you how to play each hand. Using this guide gives you an advantage over typical players. Always hit when your hand is below 9, if you don't have an ace.
  • Where to sit: For seasoned players, the best seat is "third base" -- to the immediate right of the dealer. This seat plays last, just before the dealer, and can observe other cards dealt. Inexperienced players should should sit anywhere available as your play will not effect any other players play
  • Betting strategy: When a new shoe of cards is being dealt, start out with single-unit bets -- one chip of whatever denomination you're playing.
    ----- If you are a risky player alter your bets upward steadily.
    -------  If you are a conservative player stick with your chosen amount and do not alter your bet.

  • Basic strategy for blackjack

    D=double; H=hit; S=stand; SP=split pairs
    Top line is what card the Dealer shows, left column is total player holds.

      2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
    9 D D D D D H H H H H
    10 D D D D D D D D H H
    11 D D D D D D D D D D
    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 H H
    16 S S S S S H H H H H
    17+ S S S S S S S S S S

    When to split pairs

    D=double; H=hit; S=stand; SP=split pairs
    Top line is what card the Dealer shows, left column is total player holds.

      2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
    A-A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
    2-2 H SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
    3-3 H H SP SP SP SP H H H H
    4-4 H H H D D H H H H H
    5-5 D D D D D D D D 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

    Soft totals (hand in which you have an ace):

    D=double; H=hit; S=stand; SP=split pairs
    Top line is what card the Dealer shows, left column is total player holds.

      2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
    A2-A5 H H D D D H H H H H
    A6 D D D D D H H H H H
    A7 S D D D D S S H H S
    A8, A9 S S S S S S S S S S

    Insurance (bet offered by dealer showing an ace):

    Never take insurance


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