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Quick start for blackjack

18 February 2017

By John Marchel
In the game of blackjack, there are about 340 different dealer-player card combinations that can be received during any round of play. Using the system commonly called “basic strategy” will tell you the correct play for every hand seen.

It will take anywhere from eight to 12 hours to memorize all those 340 combinations. The player then will be able to know what specific action to take for any given hand: hit, stand, double down or split.

To help speed up the learning process, I’ve listed a shortened version called “Quick Start Strategy for Blackjack.” You will find as you get proficient at blackjack that there is not much difference between you holding a 13, 14 or 15, which are considered “little” hands, versus a dealers up card of a 10, which is identified as a “big” hand.

You know you have to hit when receiving any of those specific hands. In addition, because the dealer must hit a 16 and below, and stand on 17, and above, we than know what makes up a dealer's “little” hand -- 2 through 6 -- and what is a “big” hand -- 7 through ace.

The same numbers apply to the player. For example, when the player gets a 12 through 16, the player has a “little” hand. When the player receives a 17 through 20, the player has a “big” hand. You know you wouldn’t normally hit any hard 17 and above regardless of what the dealer is showing. On the other hand, if the player has a “little” hand (12-16) and the dealer is showing a “big” hand, you have to hit.

Understanding the concept of little versus big or little verses little and so on, you can quickly learn the Quick Start Strategy. There are a few other standards for the Quick Start Strategy. They are listed below, like don’t take insurance. Read them, study them and play them. What this will do is allow you, the player, to quickly learn all 340 Basic Strategy plays later on.

BET YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS:

1. Little (player 12-16) vs. little (dealer 2-6) = stand.
2. Little (player) vs. big (dealer) = hit (until hard 17).
3. Always split aces and 8s.
4. Don’t split 4s, 5s or 10s.
5. Always hit or double A6.
6. Double player 11 vs. dealers 2-10.
7. Double player 10 vs. dealers 2-9.
8. Don’t take insurance.
9 Don’t take even money.
10. Increase you bet when winning.
11. Reduce your bet when losing.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 

When not to play blackjack

11 February 2017
In past articles I’ve tried to tell you the best way to play and be successful at blackjack. Now I want to tell you when not to play the game. There will be times when the count is going in your favor, but still the dealer is winning three hands to your one. You sit out a couple of hands but it doesn’t seem to change. ... (read more)
 

Money management is important

28 January 2017
It has been said by some that money management techniques can be just as important to your game as learning the game itself. Picking up any good book about gambling, including games like craps, blackjack, slots, roulette, video poker and live poker, you should find a chapter or two about managing your bankroll. ... (read more)
 

Oh, those wonderful playing cards

21 January 2017
It’s believed that playing cards were developed in China in the ninth century. They have moved around the world at various times and in many cases they were adapted to meet local desires. They were sometimes used for different purposes than they were made for. Here are some examples of “things” about playing cards. ... (read more)

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John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel

John Marchel
John Marchel is an author, speaker, teacher and player -- what John plays are casino games. He’s been a casino player for over 25 years and has played successfully in Europe, Panama, the Caribbean, Canada, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, on Indian reservations, cruise ships and in over 350 casinos throughout the US. He is also the author of six books about gambling, and has written numerous magazine articles and is currently a columnist for three gambling magazines and one internet magazine.

Since 1988 John has combined his experience as a manager, teacher and player to present seminars and lectures about gambling. In addition, John has had an Internet website since 1995 that offers books, special reports and tips about gambling. He also publishes a monthly Internet gambling newsletter. The newsletter keeps subscribers alert to trends, information and winning techniques that allows them to be more successful when visiting casinos.

John Marchel Websites:

johnmarchelgambling.com

Books by John Marchel:

KISS Guide to Gambling

> More Books By John Marchel