Blackjack Basic Strategy has been tested both in the real world and in the theoretical world and it has been proven time and time again to be an effective strategy to lower the casino’s edge over the player. With this in mind I would like to present a basic primer on Blackjack Basic Strategy, how to use it and how it will affect your game.

The Goal of any strategy is to improve your odds of winning. Basic Strategy does this by providing a set of rules that you as the player will follow. These rules will dictate your play, when you should hit, stand, split, double etc. When you follow these rules exactly and play what is known as perfect strategy you can reduce the casino’s (or house) edge down to about one half of a percent, that is 0.5%!

Unfortunately there is not just one Basic Strategy that will cover all variants of Blackjack, there is one Basic Strategy that has been developed for each different variant of Blackjack. This means that you will need to play the same variant of Blackjack every time you goto the casino or you will need to learn a number of strategies that will cover the types of blackjack that you might play. Luckily casino’s don’t mind the use of Basic Strategy trainer cards at the tables as long as you do not rely solely on the card for each and every hand.

Here is an example of Basic Strategy explained in detail. Future Basic Strategy post will contain a Basic Strategy Trainer Card or Chart.

Soft Hands: Soft hands are hands that contain an Ace.

If your starting hand is:

Ace, 2 or Ace, 3 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 5 or 6 Double otherwise hit.

Ace, 4, or Ace, 5 - If the dealer’s hand shows 4 - 6 Double otherwise hit.

Ace, 6 - If the dealer’s hand shows 3 - 6 Double otherwise hit.

Ace, 7 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 2, 7, or 8 Double 3 -6 otherwise hit.

Ace, 8 or Ace, 9 - Always Stand.

Hard Hands: Hard hands are hand that do not contain an Ace.

If your starting hand is:

8 or less - Always hit.

9 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 3 - 6 Double, otherwise hit.

10 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 2 - 9 Double, otherwise hit.

11 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 2 - 10 Double, otherwise hi if the dealer shows an Ace.

13 - 16 - If the dealer’s hand shows a 2 - 6 Stand, otherwise hit.

17 - 21 - Always stand.

Pairs:

If you starting hand is:

Aces or 8s - Always Split

2 or 3s- If the dealer’s hand shows a 2 - 7 Split, otherwise hit.

4s - If the dealer’s hand shows a 5 or 6 Split, otherwise hit.

5s - If the dealer’s hand shows 2 - 9 Double, otherwise hit.

6s - If the dealer’s hand shows 2 - 6 Split, otherwise hit.

7s - If the dealer’s hand shows 2 - 7 Split, otherwise hit.

9s - If the dealer’s hand shows 2 - 6, 8 or 9 Split, if the dealer shows a 7, 10 or Ace Stand.

10s - Always Stand.