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Learn to Play Expert Blackjack in One Sitting

October 29, 2012

Blackjack is one of the most popular skill-based casino games in the world. However, learning to play blackjack on a high level usually involves hours upon hours of studying, and most normal people don't have the time to devote to a game like that. However, blackjack strategy can be made fairly simple if you're willing to play slightly worse than perfect at times. We're going to introduce you to a strategy here that will have you playing near-perfect after just a single lesson. The amount of material you have to remember to play this well can easily fit on the back of an index card, so it's perfect for normal people who don't have a lot of time to devote to learning to play. For the purposes of this strategy, we're going to call Twos through Sixes weak dealer cards and Sevens up through Aces strong dealer cards.

When you're playing hard hands, you're always going to hit if you have a total of eight or less. With a total of nine, you'll double against weak dealer cards and hit against strong dealer cards. Always hit a 10 or 11 unless your total is higher than the dealer's card; in that case, you should double. With those tricky totals of 12 through 16, stand against weak dealer cards that are likely to bust out and hit against strong dealer cards that are less likely to go bust. Always stand with a total of 17 or higher.

Soft hands are even easier to learn to play. Always hit with a soft total of 15 or lower. With soft totals of 16 through 18, double against weak dealer cards and hit against strong dealer cards. You're always going to stand with a soft total of 19 or higher. With paired starting hands, always double Eights and Aces, and never double Fours, Fives or Tens. You should only double Twos, Threes, Sixes, Sevens and Nines against weak dealer cards. That covers the basics of this blackjack strategy.

There are two details that you need to know in addition to the guidelines above. Always surrender with a total of 16 if you're against a Ten or an Ace. You should also never take insurance since it's such a bad bet. Overall, you'll only play about 0.10 to 0.15 percent worse than perfect with this easy-to-learn strategy, but that's a very small price to pay for being able to learn to play blackjack well in just a single lesson.