Basic Strategy for Blackjack
MASTER BASIC STRATEGY, BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR BET:
Once you have mastered basic strategy, the casino's edge is reduced to only .5% (half of one percent). From there, counting cards allows you to swing the odds of winning in your favor. This strategy allows you to gain a long-term winning edge over the casino, the same way casinos gain the long-term edge over novice blackjack players.
RULES OF THE BASIC STRATEGY
Surrender hard 16 (but not a pair of 8s) vs. dealer 9, 10, or A.
Always split aces and 8s.
Double hard 9 vs. dealer 3-6.
HIT OR STAND
Always hit hard 11 or less.
*IF DEALER HITS SOFT 17
Surrender 15, a pair of 8s, and 17 vs. dealer A.
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