Get Started with Learning Basic Strategy
1) Become familiar with basic strategy – practice at home with free apps or programs that will teach you certain situations. You need to become familiar with the basic playing strategy for hitting, standing, doubling down, and pair splitting. For novices, I recommend the Wizard’s Simple Strategy that you’ll find on the blackjack page on Wizard of Odds website. The strategy consists of 11 rules presented in a colored-coded table that makes it easy to remember. The link to the Wizard of Odds website is also in our sidebar.
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8) Check the dealer’s up card – Before you take any action, check the dealer’s up card. Is it bad (2 through 6) or good (7 through Ace)? “What the dealer has makes all the difference on what action the player should take, according to basic strategy.
9) Don’t sit in the first base seat. Sit in the middle if you can to give you more time to review your hand and the dealer’s up card. Stay away from the third base, or last seat. Some players think your play changes the outcome of the game. Mathematically, it doesn’t in the long run. The decisions of other players at the table won’t impact your hand. “You’re playing alone against the dealer,” says Frank Scoblete, author of many gambling resources. “They don’t know what you have and vice versa.”