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The Table Below shows my recommendation for "Perfect Blackjack" play.
Blackjack is the only Casino game with the odds in the players favor - if the player plays correctly. Initially, Perfect Blackjack may seem difficult because it is more complicated than roulette or slots. But putting it in perspective, it is much more simple than learning to play chess or many other games. The table below shows a strong basic strategy, some experts will have slight modifications (for example Thorpe will split a pair of fours against a dealer's five). However, this basic strategy will reduce the Casino's edge to near zero!
This strategy will make playing much more fun as you will win about as often as you lose. However if you really want to win consistently, you have to also count cards. Counting cards is not really hard to do. Try one of the books listed below the table. After numerous questions on "Counting", I decided to add a short tutorial on the subject. this is by NO means a replacement for the two books I recommend as I still feel that an in-depth understanding is necessary for your own confidence. The tutorial is at the bottom of the page.
Good Luck!
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Example: If you have an "A" and a
"2" and the dealer has a "5" or "6" go down double - if the
dealer has anything else, take a hit.
Example: If you have two cards totaling "9" points and the dealer has 3,4,5 or 6
go down double - if the dealer has anything else, take a hit.
You |
Dealer |
Action |
Hit |
You |
Dealer |
Action |
Soft Hands |
Pairs |
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A,2 - A,3 |
5 - 6 |
Double |
Hit |
2s or 3s |
4 - 7 |
Split |
A,4 - A,5 |
4 - 6 |
Double |
Hit |
4's |
Any |
Hit |
A,6 |
3 - 6 |
Double |
Hit |
5's |
2 - 9 |
Double |
A,7 |
3 - 6 |
Double |
Hit |
6's |
2 - 6 |
Split |
A,7 |
2,7, or 8 |
Stand |
Hit |
7's |
2 - 7 |
Split |
A,8 - A,10 |
Any |
Stand |
Hit |
8's |
Any |
Split |
Hard Hands |
9's |
2 - 9 ex 7 |
Split |
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5 - 8 |
Any |
Hit |
Hit |
9's |
7,10 or A |
Stand |
9 |
3 - 6 |
Double |
Hit |
10's |
Any |
Stand |
10 |
2 - 9 |
Double |
Hit |
A's |
Any |
Split |
11 |
2 - 10 |
Double |
Hit |
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12 |
4 - 6 |
Stand |
Hit |
Perfect Blackjack! |
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13 - 16 |
2 - 6 |
Stand |
Hit |
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17 - 21 |
Any |
Stand |
Hit |
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Card Counting 101
By Glen Davis
Card Counting systems all work
on the premise that the game favors the player when the remaining "undealt"
cards are "rich" in Tens and Aces. The main reason that "rich" shoes
favor the player is the greater likelihood of getting a blackjack. Of course the dealer
also has a greater chance, but the player gets one and a half times his bet whereas the
dealer only gets the bet. Another reason is that the dealer must hit a sixteen no matter
how rich the remaining cards are in Tens.
Here we go, each card will
have only one of three possible values assigned to it, (+1), (0), or (-1).
So as the cards are shown on the table count each Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six as a
(+1) since it is good for the player when these are no longer in the shoe. Count each Ten,
Jack, Queen, King, or Ace as a (-1) since it is bad for the player when these leave the
shoe. And count each Seven, Eight, and Nine as (0) zero, or basically ignore them. Simply
keep a running count of all cards that are out and then bet greater amounts when the count
is high. That's all there is to a simple system!
Good Luck!
Glen
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For $5.95, I offer a complete
Blackjack Package on my "Order" page. In my Package are:
1) Two laminated cards with the basic strategy & more examples on reading the card.
2) A detailed system for counting cards, practice tips, and betting strategies.
3) A modified strategy of play for situations where the shoe is "rich".
This is a simple system that works. Although some practice is required to become proficient at counting, the entire system can be learned in a couple of hours.
Just mail a check or MO for $5.95 to:
Davis Enterprises
PO Box 14277
Lenexa, KS 66285-4277
If you have more time and require a more in depth understanding of counting systems as well as the mathematics behind how they work, I recommend the following two books.
"Beat the Dealer" is the proven way to win.
BUY THIS
BOOK ! It takes some effort to read; but believe me, winning is FUN !
If you're only buying one book, then I recommend the second one shown (KO Blackjack),
because it's easier. However, this book provides more thorough examples and background and
should also be read if you're serious about making money.
Just click on the link below!
"Knock-Out
Blackjack" The easiest card-counting system ever devised.
My strategy in the table above was
greatly influenced from this book. It also contains a simple system for counting cards.
The fact is, if you want to win, you have to count. This book makes that very easy to do;
and I highly recommend it.
Just click on the link below!
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Some other miscellaneous stuff about Blackjack
1) The cards in the shoe are randomly distributed, what this means is that a bad player on third base does NOT reduce your odds of winning; if you believe it does, then you shouldn't be playing blackjack ... you just don't know enough about the mathematics behind the game.
2) Don't depend on experience alone. If you play every day for thirty years, you haven't played as many hands as a slow computer can play and analyze in an hour.
3) Strangely, players aren't much better at high stakes tables than low stakes tables. I've watch "Big" players make terrible plays. I'll never understand why someone playing for a minimum of $100 a hand won't take a little time to read a book.
4) If your NOT counting, then NEVER take insurance. Most dealers generally provide good advice to players; however, this seems to be one area where dealers consistently provide bad advice to players. (Dealers usually advise players to insure a good hand.) The cards you hold have NOTHING to do with the decision to take insurance - it's a separate bet, your hand still plays the same regardless.
5) If you do count, then you know that you take insurance when the shoe is rich. You also make big bets when the shoe is rich. So consequently, you end up insuring the big bets. A favorite line of mine when I take insurance is to announce to the table that, "I have to insure a big bet."
6) If you're counting cards you will realize some really unfortunate mistakes that non-counters make. For example, one player I was watching lost about five hands in a row so concluded that it was a bad shoe and decided to sit out the rest of the shoe ... just at the time when the shoe went "rich" and was in the players favor. (You see the reason for the losses was that a disproportionate amount of low cards were leaving the shoe, which needs to happen for the shoe to become rich in high cards).
7) I feel a little guilty one, but it goes hand in hand with the example above. If the first few hands contain a lot of tens and aces, the players will usually have done well during the first few hands; however, now the shoe is poor. At this time, I'll usually make an excuse and leave the table until the next shoe starts. (Why play with bad odds?)
8) This one is really low, but I've done it before. Sometimes I'll just stand beside a table watching, and keeping count. Then I'll jump in if the shoe goes real rich. (If a pit boss sees this, they won't allow you to get away with it twice ... in Missouri, they don't have to allow mid-shoe entry!)
9) Six deck tables are just as easy to count as one or two deck tables, yet much to my amusement, I'll occasionally hear a group at a table talking about how it's impossible to count with six decks.
10) Six deck tables don't go rich as often as two deck tables, but I still play the six deck tables because most casinos in Missouri change the rules at two deck tables (no doubling after splits etc.)
11) The single most important factor when choosing a table is how far into the deck the dealer deals before reshuffling (where he puts the spacer). Once a casino knows that you are a counter, they tend to reshuffle with so many cards left in the shoe, that it hardly ever goes rich. Once this happens, it's not worth your time to play. (For this reason, even in Missouri where it is legal to count, I don't like them to know I count.)
12) In Missouri, sometimes when the pit boss figures out that you're counting, he will put his fastest dealer at the table. This however is really funny. A mediocre counter can count much faster than any dealer can deal. Also, the dealer, no matter how fast his hands move, still has to slow down to accommodate the slowest player at the table. So consequently, the game just speeds up enough to make the counter's time at the table a little more productive.