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Live Blackjack Basic Strategy Guide

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An Introduction To Basic Blackjack Strategy

Those familiar with blackjack will understand there is a correct mathematical way to play the popular casino card game.

It’s known as Basic Strategy and if used correctly it minimises the house edge and gives the player the best chance of winning.

In fact, it’s such an accepted way of playing that land-based and some online casinos even provide guides on how to use live blackjack basic strategy.

If you’re a regular at land-based casinos, then you’ll also know that dealers will also help remind you of the strategy — especially if you’re about to do something stupid!

In most instances where you can’t remember it, you can ask for a prompt and they’re happy to help.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]


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18+[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1550150854013{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Please Note: Do not use Basic Strategy if you’re playing Power Blackjack. For that game, you need to use a revised Power Blackjack Strategy, which has been adapted to cater for the lack of 9’s and 10’s in the playing deck.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1550150854013{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1550150854013{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Importance of Live Blackjack Strategy

Using live blackjack basic strategy not only helps to drastically improve your enjoyment of the game but can also save you lots of cash over time!

You can use live blackjack basic strategy whether you’re new to blackjack or have been playing it for ages and perhaps looking for a refresh or to up your game.

Learning from a live blackjack strategy guide puts you in the best position to win, and covers everything from pair splitting to hitting, standing, doubling down, and surrender.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”26376″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1550150854013{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class=”box-size” css=”.vc_custom_1550150895668{padding-top: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class=”small-main-heading green-link lg-text”]

What is Live Blackjack Basic Strategy?

In a nutshell, Blackjack basic strategy involves taking the appropriate action with your cards based on what you have been dealt and what the upcard of the dealer is showing.

The possible actions to take are:

  • Stand – this is where you keep the cards you have and don’t take any more.
  • Hit – You take another card to add to your hand.
  • Split – In this Blackjack basic strategy, you create two hands, but only if you’re holding a pair.
  • Double – You take one additional card only and double your bet.
  • Surrender – You surrender your hand before the dealer has completed his hand. The return is normally 50% of your initial bet but can be more if you’re playing Blackjack Early Payout.

The basic strategy I’ve replicated below is based on a game using four to eight decks and covers whether the dealer stands on soft 17 or not.

It also covers the surrender element of blackjack, which is not available at many online live casinos but is at Land-Based ones.

Surrender is generally not advertised as it reduces the house’s edge, so it’s always worth asking if you can surrender hands.

If you’re interested, surrender for live casino Blackjack can be found at BetBit Casino.

Blackjack Advanced Strategy

Advanced strategies are those things that advanced players can do to reduce the house edge even further.

These can involve Card Counting which is a method of keeping track of the high and low cards in the deck. If you know the count you’re able to determine the optimal time to increase your bets.

It’s a well-documented technique that gets in the press and films have been made about it.

I won’t be going into more detail here but you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

Other techniques include Shuffle Tracking.

Probably the simplest bit of “Advanced” advice I can give you is common sense and having an appreciation for the laws of probability.

What do I mean by this?

Well if you’re following basic strategy and been hitting your hand and getting low cards there will come a point when a high card will appear.

Have a look around the table and observe what cards have been drawn. If they are low cards the probability is high that you will get a high card.

Personally, I stop following basic strategy at this point and stand, regardless of the moans that other players might give you.

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Blackjack basic Strategy – Dealer stands on Soft 17

The table below shows in the most left-hand column, the total value of the first two cards dealt.

The first row indicates the value of the dealer’s up card.

To use the table you find the value of your hand and look along that row until you meet what the dealer is showing.

Where the two meets is the playing action you should take.

Dealer Stands on Soft 17 means a dealer’s hand where the total value of the cards adds up to 17 using an Ace as eleven. So a soft 17 could be Ace-six, Ace-two-four, Ace-three-three, Ace-two-Ace-three – you get the idea. If the dealer has a hand like this, as soon as he hits 17 he has to Stand.

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  • H – Hit
  • S – Stand
  • D/H – Double if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • Su/H – Surrender if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • SP – Split.

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Blackjack Basic Strategy – Dealer hits on Soft 17

If the dealer is dealt a soft 17 he is able to take additional cards to make the hand hard. he doesn’t have to stand if he has a soft 17., he has to take additional cards until the hand value is 17 or more when he must stand.

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  • H – Hit
  • S – Stand
  • D/H – Double if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • Su/H – Surrender if you’re allowed, otherwise hit.
  • SP – Split.

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At online live casinos, the dealers do not have the opportunity to help with basic strategy. They will sometimes prompt you if there is an option for a double or a split, but that’s about it.

To be honest, I wouldn’t take their advice, stick to basic strategy!

Some live casino software does have the ability to enforce basic strategy and some of the disconnection solutions involve using basic strategy to play out the hand.

So you can see that it’s something widely accepted and respected.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1550150854013{padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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