Is basic strategy the best way to play blackjack?

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  • #343
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    gamblerock
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    Often times players ask if basic blackjack strategy is really the best way to play the game. The short answer is yes, following blackjack basic strategy will give you your best odds of winning over the long run. This is especially true for beginners to the game. When you’re just learning how to play blackjack there is no doubt the following basic strategy is your smartest move. With online blackjack the cards are shuffled before each hand that’s dealt out to players so basic blackjack strategy still remains your best option when playing 21 online.

    For professional players, their games evolve beyond that of basic strategy. However, it still remains at the core of their overall strategy. Pro players might deviate from basic strategy a little bit deepening on the deck count. For example, generally speaking it is not advised to take insurance when the dealer is showing an ace. However, a professional blackjack player might actually take insurance when they’re a lot of 10’s left in the deck.

    If you’re new to the game, study blackjack strategy charts until you’ve memorized them. Practice playing on free blackjack games and mobile apps. When you’re ready, set yourself a budget (bankroll) and give it a go. Good luck and have fun!

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    • This topic was modified 3 months, 1 week ago by Avatar gamblerock.
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    thegambler
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    i played blackjack using basic strategy for many years before i started playing the game at higher levels. nice call on taking insurance when the moment is right. clearly you know a thing or two about playing blackjack. what do you think about always splitting aces and eights?

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      gamblerock
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      That’s a good question. Personally I’m not a fan of splitting 8’s. Sometimes I will split aces if the’re still lots of 10’s in the shoe. Otherwise, I usually hit the hand in both instances assuming the dealer is showing an 8 or higher. If the dealer is showing a 7 or less than I would stay on the 8’s. The 7 is actually a decent bust card. Most people don’t realize this. Everyone says always split aces and eights. Take it from me, draw the hand out like a dealer would. You might be surprised the results you’ll see 🙂

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    Camille
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    I only split aces, other than that I either hit or stay.
    I feel like splitting small cards doesn’t makes sense given that there are more 10s in the deck, regardless of what they say in the book. Just my preference

  • #1117
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    gamblerock
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    I wrote a new blackjack strategy entry on GambleRock.

    Please read it here: Blackjack Strategy and Beyond – Tips for Winning

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