purpose of this page is to give you the bare minimum to play in
Vegas, hold your own and not embarrass yourself.
on the fact the dealer will always draw cards until he hits 17 or
better and certain probabilities the following are some hard and
until you have 17 or better if the dealer has 7 or better
showing. In the more advanced strategies you'll learn
that you might not want to stay with some soft hand combinations.
Soft hands being hands with an ace (used as an 11). Except
watch for a weak dealer hand. The dealer has a weak hand
when he has a 2 - 6 showing. Some hands like 5-6 are
extremely weak. The odds of the dealer busting with a
5 or 6 are high. Reason being a dealer pretty much has
to draw 2 cards minimum with a 5 or a 6. The strategy
when the dealers hand is weak is to stand pat and stay
with cards whether they look good or not.
a dealer has 2-6. You would stay on anything from
12 to 21.
double down on 10 or 11 when the dealer is showing 9 or
less when you have 10 and 10 or less when you are showing
11. You have strong hand, take
advantage of it by doubling your bet.
Split 8's and A's. Chances of busting with two 8's
is high, and it's doubtful you want to stay with 16. Splitting
Aces gives you the chance to go for two Blackjacks.
split 4's, 5's or 10's. Fours aren't good, two 5's
are 10 (a strong hand), and two 10's are 20 (a good hand)
next step for you after you have mastered the Beginners section
is to move on to the Basic
Blackjack Strategy. Here you will learn a much more advanced
level of play.