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Blackjack Basic Strategy

Basic strategy is easy to use. Just find your card combination on the left and the dealerís upcard at the top. Follow the upcard column down and your card combination row across until the two intersect. Thatís how you should play the hand. This version of blackjack strategy works best in single- and multiple-deck games when the dealer stands on soft seventeen and doubling is not allowed after splitting.

The Unofficial Guide to Casino Gambling includes the table below and it also has basic strategy variations for dealers hitting soft seventeen, doubling after splits, early surrender, and other common blackjack rule combinations.

Dealer's Upcard

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

Playerís Hand

A-A

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

10-10

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

9-9

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

NC

sp

sp

NC

NC

8-8

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

7-7

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

sp

h

h

h

h

6-6

h

sp

sp

sp

sp

h

h

h

h

h

5-5

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

h

h

4-4

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

3-3

h

h

sp

sp

sp

sp

h

h

h

h

2-2

h

h

sp

sp

sp

sp

h

h

h

h

Soft 19 - 21

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

Soft 18

NC

dbN

dbN

dbN

dbN

NC

NC

h

h

h

Soft 17

h

db

db

db

db

h

h

h

h

h

Soft 16

h

h

db

db

db

h

h

h

h

h

Soft 15

h

h

db

db

db

h

h

h

h

h

Soft 14

h

h

h

db

db

h

h

h

h

h

Soft 13

h

h

h

h

db

h

h

h

h

h

Hard 17 - 21

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

Hard 16

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

h

h

sr

sr

sr

Hard 15

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

h

h

h

sr

h

Hard 14

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

h

h

h

h

h

Hard 13

NC

NC

NC

NC

NC

h

h

h

h

h

Hard 12

h

h

NC

NC

NC

h

h

h

h

h

11

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

h

10

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

db

h

h

9

h

db

db

db

db

h

h

h

h

h

8

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

7

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

6

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

5

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

h

sr = surrender
sp = split

NC = stand
db = double
db
N = double, stand if double not possible
h = hit

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