Basic Strategy for Blackjack
Blackjack is a popular game. Yes, you can play as many spots as you like at the table in Casino Verite. The goal with remembering phrases is to be able to look at your hand total and immediately recite the rule in your head, without having to see what the dealer has. You played 49 hands. George hi having same problem as MT spliting pairs like a and 8 only geting one card. We provide these charts to people with a membership.
Basic Blackjack Strategies
This now gives us a count of 0. The dealer shows a 2 up, which is also a -1 value and brings our count to We keep doing this for every card we can see, even when the dealer flips over their down card, we count that one as well.
The principle behind card counting, as I stated above, is to take advantage of the deck when it has more high value cards. A typical Blackjack deck will contain decks. Knowing only 8 or so will not give us a very accurate read on the deck. You should begin to make bigger bets to take advantage of this. You never want to deviate too much from your normal bet sizes, as this is a sure tip off to casinos that you are using some type of card counting strategy.
On the flip side, if your count is in the positive, this would mean the deck has less of these high value cards and is not optimal for the player. Your best during a high count should be smaller to limit losses on a weak deck. The Martingale Strategy is a betting system that uses a negative progression to recoup lost bets.
This is one of the more popular betting systems around and is used by many gamblers. Its super simple to learn, and even easier to use. To start the Martingale system, you pick a base amount to be bet and work from this point on. When you lose a hand, you will double the previous bet amount.
When you win, you go back to the original base line amount we started with. The first hand we are dealt a 20 and win. This time we lose, and based on this system we need to double our previous bet. You always double the losing bet amount, not the starting amount! This betting system is the exact opposite of the Martingale.
Instead of doubling your losing bets, you will double all winning bets until you lose. At that point you would go back to the starting amount. The advantage to using this system is that it takes a much smaller bankroll to employ. Using the traditional Martingale system of doubling losing bets can get expensive if you go on a bad run of cards. The only downfall to the Paroli system is that you need to set a limit of when you will stop doubling your winning bets, thus putting a cap on your winnings.
This threshold is often difficult to determine and can be more of a guessing game. It does work however, and can be a valuable tool in your arsenal. The parlay system has been around for decades and is quite common among horse racing bettors. The concept is to use part or all of your winnings on a bet to increase your next bet size.
To demonstrate this system lets use an e xam ple. In Blackjack you always get on your money except on dealt Blackjacks which is Never exceeding more than your winnings from the previous hand, and the original bet amount. The advantages to this system are much like the Paroli. You can have a much smaller bankroll to use this system to start. Also, it allows you the opportunity to win much more because you are increasing bets with money that was not technically yours before the hand.
This system is a bit more complicated, but much like the others is guaranteed to make a profit is used correctly. To start, you write a series of numbers down. These can be any numbers you choose and as long as you want. A good example would be: Using the sequence of numbers you wrote down, you will take the first and last numbers in this sequence and add them together.
Each number represents a unit which is equal to one bet. If you win this bet, cross out the first and last numbers. You would now have a sequence of; We would now add the first and last number of our new sequence together, giving us 5.
Each time you win a bet, cross out the first and last numbers until you are done the sequence and start a new one. If you were to lose a bet, you would add the amount you wagered on the losing hand to the end of the sequence. We would add the 3 on to the end of our sequence which represents how much we lost. Our new sequence of numbers would be; In the example above you can see that each time we lose we are adding an extra unit to our sequence giving us the chance to win that lost amount back plus one extra unit.
Each time we win, we are gaining that much more. In theory, this system will ensure you always make at least 1 unit of profit if followed correctly. The word grind in gambling terms means to make money very slowly over a period of time.
The Oscars Grind betting system will do just that if used properly. Its goal is to use a progression of winning bets to keep you winning at least one unit. Each time you would win a bet, it is doubled the next hand until you lose. At that you point you would go back to betting one unit.
You lose that hand and keep the bet at one unit. Since we have not yet produced a one unit profit, we stick with the progression of doubling our winning bets.
If we win, we would have a profit of 2 units and can now go back to betting our original amount of one unit. If we were to lose that hand, we would stick with the progression until we had a total profit of at least one unit. If you start a progression over and win the first hand in that progression, just keep betting the same amount of one unit until you lose.
This strategy has its ups and downs, but does work quite well. It will limit losses when you go on a bad run, but in turn will not produce large winning sessions. It is a grind, but will show results with a little patience. It also requires a smaller bankroll that a negative progression would. This is one you will hear players use quite often. I want to wait and get the latest.
In the mean time what book or video do you recommend on winning at blackjack? I have only played about 5 times not counting cards at the casinos on the 21 plus 3 card tables and have had some decent luck, especially the 3 card bet and would like to learn a bit more about that betting too.
Thanks for your practice game, it has been helpful. Things can certainly change quickly. BlackjackInfo has a new owner who took over this month. I know the new team has some excellent resources available for blackjack trainer software. If you are referring to the other product on this page, Casino Verite is not involved in these changes, and the latest version is available as always at the provided Amazon links.
Going to Vegas in Sept. I have basic strategy down. If you plan to count, you will need to look a lot harder to find decent regular shuffled games at that level.
The first thing to check is make sure that blackjack pays 3: Check TI for some decent low-limit blackjack tables, or look downtown. The rules are generally going to be 6 deck or 8 deck, dealer hits soft 17, no surrender. Yes, you are right that Flash is dying. My development of the new mobile-friendly HTML5 version has been stalled a bit while my family prepares to move this summer.
And yes, I get about an equal number of complaints about the game being rigged to be too easy and too hard. Ken, I just jumped on the trainer after a few months absence. Started reading the comments and noticed that you will be launching a revised version. Any idea of the approximate launch date? Looking forward to the new version. Thanks again for a great strategy trainer! I will resume development in August, so I now expect a launch in the fall at the earliest. Assuming the same rules, BS, and betting pattern?
If prior history is repeated, I will be inundated with emails asking why I made the game so much harder to beat, along with an equal number asking why I made it so much easier to beat!
That would be called luck. What algorithm is used for card shuffling? I think the trainer play along me. When is using late surrender with the dealer ace trainer first offers surrendering instead of insurance.
And again I continue to win. May be there is a reason to imitate dealers shuffling, instead of mathematical random shuffling. You may be right about the surrender issue, although it is possible that the surrender may only work if the dealer does NOT have blackjack. Is there an iOS app version of this trainer for my iPad? Please email your response. The new mobile-friendly version is coming along slowly. I now think early Summer is the target.
Emailed also as requested. Suggestion for future versions of your Strategy Trainer; ties push, rather than dealer wins all ties….? The current Strategy Trainer works just fine in this regard. Ties are a push. You are being confused by the way the bankroll is adjusted up when the bet is returned to your bankroll, and then down by the bet being made again. If you happen to look at the wrong moment, you only see the second half of that transaction.
It works as it should. Yes, you can play as many spots as you like at the table in Casino Verite. And you can choose to have other spots played by automated players if you like. There is no download for the trainer here.
If your device is not compatible with Flash, the current version hosted here on this page will not work. How come when you split Aces and then get another Ace the program will not let you split beyond two hands that is a flaw that needs to be corrected asap. Yes, there is a problem with split Aces in the current version. A completely new trainer is in development and coming along nicely. Ive been playing on your trainer web getting ready to go to the casino.
I noticed that amount won many times is not added to the total. I thoutht maybe I was making a mistake but after careful watching of several hundred hands I confirmed that to be the case. Kind of makes me wonder if the rest of the software has a problem. Check it out and let me know what gives. No, there is no problem with the paying of winning hands in the free game. The confusion comes from the way that your balance increases after the hand, and then immediately decreases again as the next bet is automatically made.
Many people only notice the second part and think their balance is going down after a winning hand. Single deck, S17, DAS, 15 vs According to your B. What it the correct play? Does the discrepancy have to do with hand composition? The correct strategy is hit.
I checked the source for the trainer, and it does appear this is a bug. In 2 or more decks S17 LS, you should surrender 15vT. In 1 deck S17 LS, you should hit. The trainer is inaccurate, only in the one deck version.
Thanks for pointing this out. Another option which might be nice for the next version: Those questions are going to depend on your edge and how willing you are to play with an advantage for these long periods.
See my other reply for advice on software or books to answer those questions. Your advantage is going to heavily depend on your bet spread, and the bet ramp.
CVData software , to accurately sim any game and counting system, or the book Blackjack Attack for a ton of pre-figured stats on many games. Something I noticed is that the dealer will still hit even if their first two cards have a greater total than mine and its under No sane dealer in real life would hit when they already have a total greater than yours, right?
The dealer must follow the strict rules on hitting, and cannot choose to stand on a stiff total just because he would beat you. For more, see Blackjack Rules. Thanks for the BJ game. The black letters on the green are a little hard for me to see.
Hi, can i use the basic srategy playing rng bj like the one playtech offer in many different online casino, will it have the same effect as playing live casino? How about an option to turn off the card total display? I have a LONG way to go yet. It would be stellar if the trainer could be configured to only deal the most difficult combinations for the player. The strategy engine on hitorsplit. I was wondering what should a player do if he lost the count of the cards dealt and does the count have to always be exact?
The count does not have to be exact, but there are a few really dangerous mistakes you can make. If for example, you flip the sign, turning a negative count into a positive count, that would make you bet bigger money into bad situations. Obviously an expensive mistake. If you truly lose all track of where the count is, just flat-bet the minimum until the shuffle.
Thank you very much I was also wondering should a player enter the deck just as it has been shuffled and if not how should a player determine a count when there is only half of the deck to start with? You can start any time during the shuffle. Just think of the cards already in the discard tray as being behind the cut card instead. But everything works just the same. I was also wondering how should a player go about betting when counting say the minimum bet is 2 and the maximum 10 with the bankroll of at what count would you advise to increase bets from the minimum?
Doubling down gives a chance to double the amount of your bet after seeing your first two cards. You mentioned a hand with a total of 10 in the first two cards. For a full explanation of doubling, see Blackjack Rules: Part 3 — Player Choices.
A new question regarding Lucky Lucky. I tried searching it up and apparently the Lucky Lucky LL bet is a profitable game when card counting is taken into consideration apparently 2 deck is best for it. If you are expecting a bunch of face cards to peel off, or blackjacks and the dealer has a 10, you can still win those bets fairly often.
Hello Again, I recently finished my first month of card counting adventures. There have been times where I have bet 20 units and lost 80 units from splits and dd. With your experience, what do you think a general estimated or spread would make hourly in betting units?
Hello thanks for previous answers, new question! I have a relatively small bankroll and comps and match plays really make a huge impact on my future game have not frequented many times yet , but wanted to clarify some thoughts. Match plays offer a huge boost for low limit players. In fact the edge from coupons will often dwarf the rest of your advantage.
Knowing that the probability of the next card being a 10 and more often busting than improving you, should you stand and pray the dealer has 6 or less and take that 10? Or do you always hit since too many cards improve you and refer to basic strategy?
Just always hit 12, 13, and 14 vs Ten. For 12vT and 13vT, the count basically never gets high enough to stand. With 14vT, the appropriate Hi-Lo index would be very high. Stand at 0 or higher. My Advanced cards have very precise indexes for 6 different sets of rules. Just started playing and want to get really good at black jack can u install a cheat such as best times to stay or hit?
So it becomes instinct after playing a few hundred hands. I assume you mean you would like a feature optional of course that shows you the correct play before you make the decision.
The trainer already corrects you on mistakes, but I can see how some people may like an option to just see the best play beforehand.
Sort of like learning with flashcards. Sounds reasonable for the new version. I like it like it is. If you add the flashcard type version I hope you would make it an option like choosing how many decks, etc.
If it were permanent I think I would think less before hitting, standing, or doubling down. Can you make an option to get rid of the count? Adding them in my head helps me train. Overall this is my favorite trainer so far. No firm timeframe yet for the new version, but I know it is months away still.
Hey Ken, its Brutus from the old forums. I never tried to play the game with the screen looking like it does. I just thought it looked so much different. I called my son and had him bring up the game, while Im talking to him I hit the play button, it delt the cards. Stupid me , but I like the old screen better. I cant figure how to get rid of that stuff on the right and bring the game over. I would first check to see if your system can run at a higher resolution.
At some point, the sidebar will reposition to below the game. Let me know if either of these ideas works. Another thing to try is the Italian link to the game. Can you describe what you see instead of what you expect? Do you have Flash player installed and running in your browser? You can test that, and see your Flash version number here: I really appreciate the Android app. I asked several months ago when an app for my Samsung tablet would be available.
You promised it was in the works. Thanks for following through. I misunderstood the app link — I thought it was you. I retract all my kudos and return to waiting mode. Got a couple of questions about strategy in such a situation;. Appreciate your help and any rationale you can provide for choices in these situations given the conditions of the table at which I shall be trying my luck.
You can get a complete strategy chart for this exact game here: To answer your questions: The answers to 2 and 4 would change with peek, right? And I do understand how vulnerable all players are with European style no peek. Answers 2 and 4 change with peek. It can be confusing! The next version of the trainer will make more information available about the rule choices. I think there are some flaws in your basic strategy regarding early surrender.
The game recommended I surrender with 12 vs a dealer ace. It also recommended I surrender with a 7 vs an ace. To learn more, see my article Blackjack Surrender Explained. The game has been slow and jerky the last few days. I have a very fast internet connection so I know the problem must be at your end. Once the current version of the trainer is loaded and running, it runs locally on your machine. Something has to be causing Flash to run slowly on your machine.
Note that this will work completely differently in the eventual new version, which will be interacting with the server to provide additional features. Splitting 4s vs a dealer 5 or 6 is better only when the rules allow double after split.
If the actual numbers would help, here they are for a 6-deck S17 DAS game: Splitting 44v6 wins 0. Doubling makes only 0. You mention hitting 13v2, which is not correct. You probably meant hitting 12 against a 2 or a 3 up. Again, just trust basic strategy. With 8,4 vs 2, hitting loses 0. Standing is quite a bit worse, losing 0. Thanks for the feedback. If you could somehow put it into operation, this portal would be even more awesome than it is now. I like the ease of use.
That makes it difficult to not make the same mistake in the future. Also, this form says the email is optional. An explanation of why basic strategy recommends certain plays is on my list of future blog topics, and maybe the new trainer can offer a link to that when it is available.
As for the emails not being optional when leaving a comment, thanks for letting me know! I could never understand this about card counting.
If the deck is rich in ten counts and aces…It is said it is too the advantage of the player….. How can it not be advantageous to the dealer if the dealer is drawing cards from the same rich deck? You are correct in thinking that the dealer is just as likely to get those extra face cards and Aces as you are. But those cards are more valuable for the player for two reasons: If the dealer gets a blackjack, he only wins even money.
The dealer therefore busts more often when the deck is rich in face cards. Is this an error in the application or something I myself and missing? I think I see the problem… Ace,6,6,2 is hard 15, not hard Yep, you should hit that against a dealer ten. Chart I generated on the site says to Surrender or Stand with a dealer 10 but on a 9 or ace it says surrender or hit, I think I ran into this problem on this application and I looked at other strategy resources and they say to hit.
So I guess my question is which one is it? You are referring to this chart: Yet almost all other strategy charts including my own plastic cards! In fact, I wrote a whole article about it a year ago… See 16vT: I found a bug while playing this morning. Split 10s three times. The first hit was a 9 and I stand with a The second hit was an ace and have a 21, but am unable to proceed because the hit and stand buttons are not available.
Thanks for the report. That sounds familiar as a bug. I love the trainer and how helpful it is; is it possible to add a feature explaining when to change from basic strategy? Great site and thanks for all the info! Count-based strategy variations are on my list for consideration in the next version, so it may happen.
Thanks for the feedback! The trainer does allow doubling on soft hands. You likely either chose a limited doubling rule like double 10,11 only, or you were out of funds. Hi Raymond, I notice you are visiting from a mobile device which likely does not support Flash. That did not change with the new website. Perhaps you were previously visiting from a desktop computer instead? If you were previously able to access the trainer from your mobile device, please let me know. But I am unaware of any that support Flash.
By the way, now that the website design is complete, I can get to work creating a new version of the trainer. It consistently deals out high cards straight from the beginning. Time after time after time, I set it to 2 decks, and I see extremely negative counts, very quickly, and the reason is because lots of high cards come out straight at the beginning. Stranger things that one expects are conceivable can happen by chance.
In the School, the lesson at https: Many of it counting cards. This happens nearly every time. Thanks for the input Randy. I am no longer counting on blackjack to make me a million dollars. I play occasionally, but when I play…I play to win. I think this could be a great second job or play to earn some extra money, but to make a living doing this?
Anyways my opinion is that no matter how many decks there are, blackjacks should be dealt 7 times out of every cards in game play.