A Really Simple Strategy

A Really Simple Strategy

This is a simple as its gets.

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Surprisingly,using the Really Simple Strategy costs the player less than one percent as compared to the Abridged Basic Strategy.

That is,the total house advantage will still be less than 2% which is a whole lot better than the 3% to 5% advantage the house has over the average player.

The main differences between this trategy and the fullblown basic strategy are the lack of a surrender option and greatly-simplified splitting and doubling rules.

Also,soft hands are treated the same as hard hands.

Before you ever step up to a blackjack table,be sure you have the following rules down pat,and have familiarized yourself with the decision making procedure in this section .

If you don’t,you might as well just hand your wallet to the pit boss.

Pair of Aces

Always split a pair of aces.

The value of the initial hand is either a 2 or a soft 12,neither of which is very good.

By splitting ,you get two changes of catching 21s.

Remember,an ace-10 on a split is only a 21,not a natural.

Remember also that splitting aces is a special case.

The dealer will give you just one card on each ace ,and you cannot take any hits.

If one of those cards is another ace,you should resplit to a third hand,if the casino permits you to do so.

Pairs of 8s

Always split a pair of 8s.

The value of the initial hand is 16,which is the worst hand you can have.

Splitting the eights limits your losses.

The dealer will give you one card on each 8,and if one of those cards is another 8,you should resplit to a third hand.

Now you can comences playing the hands,one at a time,according to the rules below.

Any Other Pair

Some of the remaining pairs should never be split and others should only be split when the dealer shows certain cards.

This is where the rules get more complicated,so to play it safe in the Really Simple Strategy,don’t split any other pair.

Total of 9 or Less

When your hand has a total count of 9 or less ,it cannot be busted and should,therefore,always be hit.

Total of 10 or 11

These hands also cannot be busted and should always be hit,but only when the dealer shows a 10 or ace.

When the dealer shows a 9 or less,the chances of getting 20 and 21 and beating the dealer are very good.

You should therefore,take advantage of this by doubling down which doubles your wager.

Total of 12 to 16

This is a stiff hand that can be busted,so you should stand if the dealer shows a 6 or less,in the hope that the dealer will bust.

If the dealer shows a 7 or higher ,she likely has a pat hand.

In this case ,you probably have a losing hand,so you should take a hit and risk busting in an attempt to beat the dealer.

Continue hitting until your total count exceeds 16.

Total of 17 to 21

This is called a pat hand,and you should always stand.

Although you may not have the dealer beat ,your risk of busting is too high to take a hit. The exception is an ace 6 hand,which should be hit.

A 17 is not a good total -the ebst it can do against a dealer’s pat hand is push.since,a soft 17 can’t be busted,you have everything to gain and little to lose by hitting.