Blackjack Basic Strategy Chart

Please see below our blackjack basic strategy chart, which is recommended for use in
deciding all standard moves in the game of blackjack. The basic strategy came to the
forefront of casino play after its initial introduction within the book entitled “playing
blackjack to win”. This was released in 1957 by four prominent mathematicians, namely
James McDermott, Roger Baldwin, Herbery Maisel and Wilbert Cantey. Although there
have been some revisions to the basic strategy over years, there’s was an accurate
system that could be followed.

This strategy was able to reduce the house edge to only 1% and in combination with card
counting later introduced by Edward Thorp, the effect was that it could actually give the
player advantage over the house; something which no other casino game has yet to
effectively accomplish.

The Basic Strategy













  DEALER’S VISIBLE CARD
 
PLAYER’s 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
HAND Hard Hands
Less than 9 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/Sur H
16 S S S S S H H H/Sur H/Sur H/Sur
17 – 21 S S S S S S S S S S
  Soft Hands (with an Ace)
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 D D D D 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
2 2 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H
3 3 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H
4 4 H H H SP SP H H H H H
5 5 D D D D D D D D H H
6 6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7 7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8 8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9 9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
10 10 S S S S S S S S S S
A A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
 
 
  H Hit.   SP Split.  
  S Stand.   H/Sur Surrender if allowed,  
  D Double.     if not, then Hit.  

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