Blackjack basic strategy

Blackjack basic strategy

Due to the expansiveness and number of variants of the basic strategy, we have decided to only focus on the fundamental principles and the potential advantages and disadvantages of using the strategy.

Blackjack is a card game where the player's chances depend on his or her skill in overcoming the casino's mathematical advantage. A system has been developed using game simulations and based on probability charts and tables for card combinations; it is known as the basic strategy and indicates an optimum choice based on the player's cards and the croupier's upcard. No one can guarantee that you will win, but using the basic strategy in blackjack lowers the casino's chance to zero. In order for a player to use the strategy, the player must known the optimum action that must be taken for any combination of dealt cards.

Simplest rules of the basic strategy

  • Hit if the player's cards are 16 and lower and if the croupier's upcard is 7 or higher.
  • Stand if the player's cards are 12 and higher and the croupier's upcard is 6 and lower.

Advantages and disadvantages of using the basic strategy when playing blackjack

The main factor influencing basic strategy is how well a player follows the strategy regardless of the game’s development. A loss can occur quickly the moment a player deviates from the strategy. You must know all of the charts and tables in order to decisively and correctly decide on the best move. Remember that there is a fundamental difference between blackjack with one deck of cards and blackjack with 6 decks of cards.

It is also important to note that the basic strategy is good for gaming but not always a winning strategy. It simply lowers the casino's advantage to 0. If it was so simple and easy to win money, every player would use it and casinos would probably have to shut down.