memory tricks
  • Hello..

    I was wondering what kind of memory tricks people use to help remember all the basic strategy moves. Someone had posted on the forum that he thinks of a 727 jet to remind him to split 7's 2-7. Anyone got some others?
  • These aren't quite as short as "727", but worthwhile, nonetheless:

    "6's up to 6" and "7's up to 7" -- for when to split 6's and 7's.

    "Always split A's and 8's"

    Renzey's "Rule of 9's" for when to double with soft hands (A,2 thru A,7):
    - Always double against dealers 5 or 6 up
    - Against dealer's 2,3,or 4: add your non-Ace card to dealer's up card. If the total is 9 or greater, double.

    Note: There are some minor exceptions to the above involving dealer's 2 and A,4 vs 4, but the mathematical differences in applying the exceptions or not applying them are miniscule.

    Mr. Renzey, if I've mis-stated this in any way, please correct me.

    Hope that helps!
  • Not unlike your school days, repetition is the best trick available. What you are after is: onced learned, always learned.

    One method

    Separate basic strategy into small groups like so:

    Hard 17 thru 21
    Hard stiffs 12 thru 16
    Hard hand doubles

    Soft non-double hands hit or stand
    Soft double hands A2 thru A7

    Splits 22 thru AA

    Lastly, a list of exceptions based on rule differences or strict no,no's, like
    55 and 10 10.

    Example of rule impacts: DAS, H17, Number of decks, surrender, no hole card.

    There are just too many variations to have some rule of thumb for each case.
  • Split twos, threes, sevens
    Against two thru seven
  • In other words take your basic strategy chart and simplify it yourself. You can learn it better and easier by grouping hands that have the same recommended moves. When you move on to counting you can also apply the same learning method to when your ready to study indexies. All these charts in these books can be simplified down from their detailed format.
  • I have been playing so long that basic strategy is "automatic". I have memorized the correct play for every possible hand. This is not boasting. Everyone should be able to memorize basic strategy down pat. It's no different than knowing names and telephone numbers. Anything done with repetition becomes that way. Early on it did help to learn some teasers like "split sevens, 2 thru seven".
  • PhilTx -- That soft double guideline says to:
    A) Never soft double against a deuce
    B) Always soft double against a 5 or 6
    C) Against a dealer's 3 or for, play by the Rule of 9.

    This nails every soft double except A/4 vs. 4. If you blow that one every time, it'll take less than one thousandth percent off your overall game.
  • Thanks Mr. Renzey. I appreciate how breifly yet clearly you've stated it.


    Quick followup: just curious -- the part about never soft doubling against a deuce ... is that still true with A,7 even if the dealer hits soft 17?

    Thanks!
  • practice makes perfect

    play the bs traning game then go to the real casino

    actually A2 A3 is double for 5 6, A4 A5 is 4 5 6 A6 A7 is 3 4 5 6 , then u can remember it easilily

    remember never double if dealer is 2

    for 2 2 3 3 u spilt if dealer is 2-7 ,for 6 6 spilt when dealer 2-6
    for 4 4 (8)only spilt with 5 6
    for 5 5 (10) only double never spilt
    ......
  • PhilTx said:
    Thanks Mr. Renzey. I appreciate how breifly yet clearly you've stated it.


    Quick followup: just curious -- the part about never soft doubling against a deuce ... is that still true with A,7 even if the dealer hits soft 17?

    Thanks!


    No, like A,8 vs a 6, that's a double that turns 'on' when a dealer hits on soft 17. Which seems to be the rule for the majority of the games outside of Atlantic City.

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