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Game Strategies - Blackjack

Five Keys to Blackjack Success can make you an even better winner at the blackjack table offline and online!
Follow these simple rules and you won't have to worry that you aren't taking advantage of the very best way to play every hand, and you can reduce the casinos edge to a tiny amount, about 5-cents on every $10 you bet!

Hard numbers
Your cards Dealers spin card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
4-8 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
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 H H
16 S S S S S H H H H* H
17 S S S S S S S S S S
Soft numbers
Your cards Dealers spin card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,7 S DS DS DS DS S S H H H
A,8 S S S S S S S S S S
A,9 S S S S S S S S S S
Pairs
Your cards Dealers spin card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
2,2 P P P P P P H H H H
3,3 P P P P P P H H H H
4,4 H H H P P H H H H H
5,5 D D D D D D D D H H
6,6 P P P P P H H H H H
7,7 P P P P P P H H H H
8,8 P P P P P P P P H H
9,9 P P P P P S P P S S
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
A,A P P P P P P P P P H
Explanation
H Pull
H* Pull with 2 cards, stand with 3 and more
S Stand
D If posible - double, otherwise draw
DS If posible - double, otherwise stand
P Split

1. Hard Hands

Follow these rules when your hard hand totals:

5 to 8 - hit your hand against any dealer up card
9 - double against a dealer 2 through 6 and hit 7 through ace
10 - double against a dealer 2 through 9
11 - double against a dealer 2 through 10
12 to 16 - hit against a dealer 7 through ace, otherwise stand
17 to 21 - always stand

2. Soft Hands

Follow these rules when your soft hand (with an ace) totals:

13 to 15 - hit
16 and 17 - double against a dealer 2 through 6, otherwise hit
18 - double against a dealer 2 through 6, stand against a 7 or eight, hit against 9, 10 or ace
19 to 21 - always stand

3. Splits

Always split aces and 8's
Never split 4's, 5's, or 10's
Split 9's except against 7's, 10's and aces
Split 2's, 3's, 6's and 7's against 2 through 7, hit 6's and 7's against 7 through ace

4. Don't

Take insurance unless you are playing with several people and see no 10's out on the layout, otherwise forget about this bet.
Use surrender except when you have a 15 against a 10 and when you have 16 against a 9, 10 or ace.
Be rude to the other players or the dealer, they are trying to enjoy themselves just like you are. The dealer does not control the cards - you control what you bet, when, and at what table.
The dealer is your friend. If they don't act like it, find another dealer.
Bet more when you are losing to chase your money, that's a sure way to bury yourself and your bankroll.

5. Do

Remember that blackjack is a great game and more fun when you play well.
Try to memorize the rules for winning.
Make an occasional "toke" bet for the dealer, or hand them a chip for their efforts.
Remember that you are in complete control of how long you play.
Raise your bets a little when you are winning.
Quit playing when you reach your pre-set win level or are not enjoying yourself.