A Simple Method For Learning Correct Blackjack Strategy
Free Blackjack Basic Strategy
websites offer information about blackjack basic strategy. They
even offer free blackjack basic strategy charts. But most of
them don't talk about blackjack strategy much beyond providing
the table, and telling people to always use basic strategy, no
matter what. I've written about
blackjack basic strategy before myself, but I plan to expand
my previous comments a little bit and provide some ideas about
a simple method for learning correct blackjack strategy.
Blackjack basic strategy can be divided into sets of rules for how to play various blackjack hands. Some of these rules apply to multiple hand situations. For example, you'll always hit a hard total of 8 or less. This rule for how to play a blackjack hand actually covers several situations:
Rather than trying to memorize a basic strategy chart or table, my suggestion for a simple method of learning a correct blackjack basic strategy is to divide a basic strategy into its various rules, and then learn each rule. Blackjack situations can be roughly divided into only about 20 different situations, and those situations can be grouped into 3 types of hands:
The first part of basic strategy that I suggest you learn is how to play the hard hands. Those can be divided into the following situations:
The rules for most of these situations are pretty simple. Always hit a hard 8 or less is easily remembered. Always stand on a hard seventeen or higher is another easily remembered rule. Those are practically common sense in fact. That leaves only four types of hard hands that have strategy rules which might be hard to remember, but there's nothing to do but memorize them.
You double down on a hard nine if the dealer is showing a 3, 4, 5, or 6. Otherwise you hit.
You double down on a hard ten if the dealer is showing anything lower than a ten, otherwise you hit. The only time you'll just hit a hard ten is if the dealer has a hard ten or an ace showing.
You double down on a hard eleven unless the dealer is showing an ace, in which case you just hit. Again, easily remembered.
You stand on a hard 12 if the dealer is showing a 4, 5, or 6. Otherwise you hit.
One easy method for learning this batch of basic strategy guidelines is to create flash cards with questions on the front and answers on the back. And if you can create multiple questions for the same blackjack rule, then you'll learn the correct strategy even more thoroughly.
For example, you might write "How do you play a hard nine?" on one flash card. On the back, it would read "Double down versus a dealer 3, 4, 5, or 6, otherwise hit."
You might write on another flash card, "When do you double down on a hard nine?" The answer would be "When the dealer is showing a 3, 4, 5, or 6."
And on another flash card, you might write, "How do you play a hard nine if the dealer is showing a 5?" The answer would read "You double down."
The purpose of this article was to show you a method for learning a correct blackjack basic strategy simply. I'm not going to go through how to play every hand in every situation. You can find that information anywhere. But I hope you'll find this method for learning basic stratetgy useful and helpful.
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