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# A Few Blackjack Strategies

September 25, 2013

The basic strategy of Blackjack is based on the mathematics. If you are seeking to become a successful player in the game, then you will need to learn the essential fundamental rule of the game. The overall rule of the game of Blackjack is to get to 21 or beat the casino dealer by having a total greater than theirs. Most strategies concerning Blackjack state that the house gains its edge by the fact that the casino player must make a move first in the game. While that is an important rule to remember, the casino player also needs to learn what decisions come after that.

Playing Hard Hands - the definition of a hard hand is two cards where neither card you are dealt is an ace. In these situations, if you have an 8 or less, you should always take a hit. If you have a 9, double if the casino dealer has a 3,4,5 or 6. If the casino dealer has any other number then, hit. If you have a 10, double if the dealer has a 2,3,4,5,6,7,8, or 9, otherwise hit. If you have an 11, double if the dealer has a 2 through 10 and hit if the casino dealer has an ace. If you have a 12, hit if the dealer has a 2 or 3, stand if the dealer has a 4 through 6 or otherwise hit. If you have a 13 to 16, stand if the casino dealer has a 2 through 6, otherwise take a hit. If you have a 17 or higher, always stand.

Playing Soft Hands - a soft hand is one where one of the cards is an ace. In these situations, if you have an ace 2 or ace 3, you should double if the casino dealer has a 5 or a 6, otherwise take a hit. If you have an ace 4 or an ace 5, double if the casino dealer has a 4 through 6, otherwise tell the casino dealer you would like a hit. If you have an ace 6, double if the casino dealer has a 3 through 6, otherwise take a hit. If you have an ace 7, stand if the casino dealer has a 2, a 7 or an 8, double if the casino dealer has a 3,4,5 or 6 or otherwise hit. If you have an an ace and an 8 or a 9, always choose to stand.

Pair playing - if you have a pair of eights or aces, always choose to split. If you have a pair of 2's or 3's, choose to split if the casino dealer has a 2, a 3, a 4, a 5, a 6 or a 7. If the casino dealer does not have any of those numbers, then opt to take a hit. If you have a pair of 4's, choose to split if the casino dealer has a 5 or a 6, or hit otherwise. If you have a pair of 5's, choose to double only if the casino player has a 2 through 9. If you have a pair of 6's, choose to split if the casino dealer has a 2 through 6, or ask for a hit. If you have a pair of 7's, split on 2 through 7, or take a hit. If you have a pair of 9's, choose to split 2 through 7, or on an 8 or 9. Stand if the casino dealer has a 7, a 10 or an ace. If you have a pair of 10's, always stand.