Basic Blackjack by Stanford Wong

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000 except for rounding. The top half of table 4 applies when the dealer stands on soft seventeen, and the lower half is for the dealer hits soft seventeen. The numbers in table 4 have been found by simulations ofmore than 20 million pairs of hands with six decks shuflled, five dealt out. Other numbers of decks would yield slightly different results. 139 46 BASIC BLACKJACK Fixed Shuffle Point The numbers in this chapter apply right after a shuflle. They also apply if the dealer deals a fixed number ofrounds between shuflles.

It does not matter whether you hit or double down. Hard Hands The lower two parts oftable 1 explain how to play the rest of your hands. Hands labeled "hard" might contain aces, but all such aces are counted as one. Hands from 5 to 11 do not contain an ace; if a hand totaling eleven or less has an ace it is a soft hand and is played according to the "soft" part of the table. GENERIC BASIC STRATEGY 33 Surrender Surrender means losing half a bet for the privilege ofnot playing out the hand. Generic basic strategy presents strategy for late surrender, which means you cannot surrender if the dealer has a natural.

The double-down advice is broken down into db and dbs. The reason is you need to know what to do with a particular total if you cannot double down. For example, suppose you have soft eighteen and the dealer shows 3. Your best play is to double down, so that is what you do if you can. But if your soft eighteen is a three-card hand, say ace-2-5, then you probably will not be allowed to double down. The table lists "dbs" for that hand,. _which means if you are not allowed to double down then you should stand.

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