Newbie Question on Basic Strategy
  • Hi, first time here and I just wanted to say Hello! and tell you how much I appreciate a site like this. I'm relatively new to the game of blackjack and even newer to basic strategy and card counting.

    I am currently learning Basic Strategy. I even got one of those Basic Strategy cards from a Las Vegas Casino (I think it was the MGM Grand or maybe Bally's can't remember). Anyways, so far the card matches up exactly with the basic strategy of this site.

    I'm just curious, what's the best (fastest) way to learn basic strategy?

    I know I can learn it by sheer repetition (repetition is the mother of all skill) but I was wondering if there was a faster way than rote memorization and repetition (which can get boring after awhile).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • my suggestion is to take it in chunks. First the hit/stand decisions. Once you have those down, move on to doubling. The soft hands usually cause the most trouble so youuu might ask about the rule of 9, which helps a bit. Finally add the splits. The card is split up into sections, it is easier to learn the thing section by section...
  • Yeah, the card says to learn section 1 first then 2, 3 and finally 4.

    Sections 1 & 2 are pretty straight forward and easy to understand
    Section 3 get's into what to do if you have an Ace and some other card and Section 4 is about what to do if you have pairs.

    Like I said, I'm really glad I found this site because it makes learning basic strategy so much easier since I can practice it without having a real deck of cards in front of me.

    Thanks for the advice SSR.
  • Another site I used when learning ...

    Patience, Determination and Pesistence is key.

    Playing the Hit or Stand game along with reading the message board daily will help you "put it all together."
  • right get basic strategy down in sections. hard total, soft totals and pairs. probably rote memory (repitition) is the best route to take.
    then you can try flash cards or you can pick up a program like sage-blackjack (no relation :) ) that has drills for basic strategy.
    there are also word charts that shorten the basic strategy charts.... goes something like this for 6d s17 das nrsa:
    17 stand against all dealer upcards.
    16 stand against the low cards hit the neutral and high cards.
    15 stand against the low cards hit the neutral and high cards.
    14 stand against the low cards hit the neutral and high cards.
    13 stand against the low cards hit the neutral and high cards.
    12 hit dealer 2,3 and neutral and high cards stand dealer 4,5,6
    11 double all dealer upcards except hit dealers ace
    10 double dealer low & neutral cards hit dealer high cards
    9 hit dealer 2, neutral & high cards double dealer 3,4,5,6
    8 hit all dealer up cards
    A9,A8 stand all dealer upcards
    A7 stand dealer 2,7,8 double 3,4,5,6 & hit the rest
    A6 double dealer 3,4,5,6 and hit the rest
    A5,A4 double dealer 4,5,6 and hit the rest
    A3,A2 double dealer 5,6 and hit the rest
    AA allways split
    10,10 never split
    9,9 split against dealer low cards and neutral (except against 8) don't split against dealer high cards
    8,8 allways split
    7,7 split against dealer low cards and seven not the rest
    6.6 split against dealer low cards and not the rest
    5,5 never split
    4,4 split against dealer 5,6 not the rest
    3,3 2,2 split agains the dealer low cards and the dealer 7 not the rest.

    low cards are 2,3,4,5,6
    neutral cards are 7,8,9
    high cards are 10's & Aces

    hope this helps

    best regards,
    mr fr0g
  • nothing wrong with having the real thing in front of you. Helps simulate what you are actually gonna be in for. Practice like hell.

    good luck
  • Since you're already at this site, why aren't you using the game simulator? I'll assure you, hearing that glass break, while at times disconcerting, is a stark reminder of good BS.

    Best of luck in you ventures at the felt!

  • Click and play the hit or stand game it only takes 3-5 minutes for me to play the game and go through 20 hands as a begginer it might take a little longer. Play in begginer mode intill you get 100% on it 2 or 3 times than go to difficult mode in play on that until you get 100% on that 2 or 3 times difficult mode is a lot harder to get 100% on because for some of the doubling hands there is no general rule if you come across a hand with no general rule and it gives you an error you played it right. If you make a mistake read the sentence of information that pops up on the screen.

    If you want to know a lot more about blackjack and why you make each play than I suggest you go in to ebay or local book store and ask fot "Playing Blackjack as a Business" by Reeve in my opinion this is the best book ever written on blackjack an improvement on Edward Thorp's ground Breaking book beat the dealer.

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