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 5 months 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?

    • #441
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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 🙂

  • #443
    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

  • #1864
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    thegambler
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    i think for beginners that it is probably best to learn and follow basic blackjack strategy. i’ve been playing a very long time and play 21 in unusual ways. i wrote an article on how to play blackjack here on gamblerock that you can read for a different perspective on effective ways to play the game. hope that you like it! if you find it interesting a 5-star vote would be great, thanks a lot grock!

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      gamblerock
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      Hope to see you post some more blackjack articles from your point of view (I find them quite interesting). Not many people see blackjack in such a way. I kind of do myself as well so keep them coming The Gambler!

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