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BlackJack's Basic Strategy used by all players

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Hello stake, now I'd like to tell you how you should actually play BlackJack in the most efficient and secure way possible when playing on stake. This maybe won't always bring you more success than you've already had with your mindset, but learning this mindset too, might increase your play and teach you how to play more efficient with higher chances to win. Haven't convinced you already? Then maybe you're already a good enough BlackJack player and you never lose... I don't think so, that's why I recommend you read the following tables and my explanations.

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Now, let me teach you how to read it and how to use it in order for you to win as much as possible of your games.

In the first line, you'll notice that every table has Player. The column below it displays the cards you have. You can have Hard with the sum from 5 to 21, Soft with the sum of 13 to 31 and Pair of 2-10 or A.

Next to Player, there's Dealer's Card, which is the first card the dealer has and is forced to show you. He can have any card from 2 to 10 and A.

Maybe you'll be asking what does Hard/Soft/Pair mean. To explain it simply:

- Hard: any 2 cards in your hand that doesn't contain an A. Example: 2 - 10 (with the sum 12), 2 - Q (with the sum 12), 4 - 7 (with the sum 11)

- Soft: any 2 cards in your hand that does contain an A. Example: A - 2 (with the sum 13), 4 - A (with the sum 15), A - K (with the sum 21)

- Pair: any 2 cards that are the same. Example: 2 - 2, A - A, 10 - 10

As you've noticed, for Hard and Soft you'll have to sum up your cards (any card below 10 has the value written on it, J, Q, K has the value of 10 and A will be taken as 11 always in our table as 1 isn't valuable at all and we shouldn't count it)

Right now you already know what do the first row and column mean, what Hard/Soft/Pair is, how to make the sum of your two cards you already have in hand, all you've got to know now is what those red/green/blue/yellow squares with some letters inside mean.

image.png.3f35f14d9d4eb330d0dcb7451832cf1c.png - means hit: whenever you're looking at the row containing the sum of your cards and the column containing the card the dealer has and it shows H, then you'll hit

image.png.1fc178dd2db2132548e16a9541033a36.png - means stand: whenever you're looking at the row containing the sum of your cards and  the column containing the card the dealer has and it shows S, then you'll stay

image.png.f4826455c6fc40b8361a084fda044f9c.png - means split: whenever you're looking at the row containing your pair of cards and the column containing the card the dealer has and it shows P, then you'll split your cards

image.png.8c7b2cba56bc5b020906f4b80f42647c.png - means double if you may or hit: whenever you're looking at the row containing the sum of your cards and the column containing the card the dealer has and it shows Dh, then if you're at the first two cards (you haven't hit yet) then press double, but if you already hit once and you can't double anymore, then press hit

image.png.8fc524196ec86e60a4ac5bdab9a8e9d1.png - means double if you may or stand: whenever you're looking at the row containing the sum of your cards and the column containing the card the dealer has and it shows Ds, then if you're at the first two cards (you haven't hit yet) then press double, but if you already hit once and you can't double anymore, then press stand

 

Okay, you've got everything you need to know in order to win easily. If it still looks a little unclear to you, I'm going to show you an example of how I read the tables and maybe you'll know how to do it too.

Let's go to https://stake.com/games/blackjack , bet 1 Satoshi to test it and see if it works and do the job.

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As you can see, I've got a Soft hand with the sum 14 and the Dealer has a card of 7, then I'll look at the table like this:

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It shows me that I should hit. Well, I'll hit and see what is the outcome.

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As you can see, I've got a 21, unluckily the dealer got it too.

Now I guess that you figured out how to read the table and how easily you can get over the dealer more often than you usually do.

 

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Here is another type of card to read if you guys would like to try it out. Basic Strategy for BlackJack! This might be a little different from the one provided above. It's a little bit more compact, but it's nicely organized in my opinion. If you guys try the one I have attached below, let me know what you think! Good luck out there Stakers! 🍀😀

 

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I just stumbled into this thread, I know it was created a year ago, but the latest reply is from not long ago, and there still might be some players who attempt to use this strategy.

I found the same tables on this site: https://wizardofodds.com/games/blackjack/strategy/calculator/

However, I noticed that the tables posted by skywallkee are the basic strategy tables for when ONE deck is used. As you can read here:

Infinite decks are used, rather than one. So we select '4 or more' on the site with the basic strategy tables, and you will get slightly different tables than the ones posted in the original post. This doesn't make a huge difference, but if you are truly going for optimal play, it makes sense to at least set the right settings for your basic strategy. ;)

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Hmm interesting. I just looked at it quickly but will give it a good read when i have a bit more time. Looks interesting though, with charts and everything. seems like a well thought out process. thank you.

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1 hour ago, KiXxnTRiXx said:

Hmm interesting. I just looked at it quickly but will give it a good read when i have a bit more time. Looks interesting though, with charts and everything. seems like a well thought out process. thank you.

It's just a basic strategy card, if you want to play purely according to statistics. Many casinos actually give these cards out for free :D

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Well its fine and okay but i wouldn't probably go for Stand if my total was below 14 or 15'ish since that's a bit risky with high amount of bets. But indeed interesting strategy 

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