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Basic Strategy Charts

Basic strategy for blackjack is the predetermined set of plays a player should make to maximize their average gain or expectation playing one hand against a complete pack of cards.

Blackjack basic strategy consists of a complete set of rules that cover all possible decisions a player may encounter, but without taking into account any other player's cards or any previously dealt cards.

By using our simple charts, players will cut the house's advantage from up to 4 percent all the way down to under .5%

Our strategy chart is broken down into five sections. The sections make basic strategy simple to learn by grouping similar types of hands together.

 

Section One - Hit or Double (non pairs)

Players Cards

Dealers Up Card

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
7 H H H H H H H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H

 

Section Two - Hit or Double (soft hands)

Players Cards

Dealers Up Card

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
A2 H H H D D H H H H H
A3 H H H D D H H H H H
A4 H H D D D H H H H H
A5 H H D D D H H H H H
A6 H D D D D H H H H H

 

Section Three - Stand or Double

Players Cards

Dealers Up Card

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
A7 S DS DS DS DS S S H H H
A8 S S S S S S S S S S
A9 S S S S S S S S S S
A10 S S S S S S S S S S

 

Section Four - Hit | Stand | Split or Double

Players Cards

Dealers Up Card

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
22 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
33 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
44 H H H SP SP H H H H H
55 D D D D D D D D H H
66 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
77 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
88 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
99 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
10-10 S S S S S S S S S S
AA SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP

 

Section Five - Hit | Stand or Surrender

Players Cards

Dealers Up Card

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H SUR H
16 S S S S S H H SUR SUR SUR

 

Basic Strategy Chart Key

H=Hit | S=Stand | D=Double | DS=Double if Allowed - Stand if not | SP=Split | SUR=Surrender

 

Chart based on Las Vegas Strip rules - as follows:

1) Dealer stands on soft 17

2) Shoe contains 6 decks

3) Blackjack pay 3 to 2

4) Re-splitting is allowed

5) Double down after splitting (except Aces)

6) Player can double down on any 2 cards

 

 

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