Lesson 3
Blackjack: 2
Advanced Blackjack: The Secret of Success
Basic Strategy
Basic strategy
explains the safest way to play out your
blackjack hand in order to increase your odds of
being a winner.
In order to
determine which basic strategy chart applies to
the blackjack table at Gold Antigua Casino, these
house rules are important:
 The dealer
must draw cards until his hand totals at
least 17, and must stand at 17 or higher.
 The single
deck is shuffled after each round. (In
traditional casinos, players can better
their chances of winning by learning how
to count cards in an effort to predict
the cards still left in the deck.
However, since the deck is shuffled after
each round at Gold Antigua Casino, card
counting is not possible).
 Players are
allowed to double after splitting, but
are not allowed to resplit a split hand.
Blackjack Basic
Strategy Chart
In the following
chart, look for the value of your hand in the
lefthand column. Then look for the value of
dealer's upcard in the top row (A = Ace, 10 = 10
or Picture Card). The chart will tell you which
option is statistically favorable:
S = Stand
H = Hit
D = Double Down
SP = SPlit
The Dealer's
Upcard
Your Hand 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
A 
17 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
16 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
15 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
14 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
13 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
12 
H 
H 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
11 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
10 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
H 
9 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
5+3,
6+2 
H 
H 
H 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+8 
S 
S 
S 
S 
D 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
A+7 
S 
D 
D 
D 
D 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
A+6 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+5 
H 
H 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+4 
H 
H 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+3 
H 
H 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+2 
H 
H 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A+ 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
A 










10+ 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
10 










9+9 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
S 
SP 
SP 
S 
S 
9+9 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
7+7 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
S 
S 
6+6 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
5+5 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
D 
H 
H 
4+4 
H 
H 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
3+3 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
2+2 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
Here are some
strategies. No matter what the dealer's upcard is:
 Always split
a pair of aces.
 Always split
a pair of 8s.
 Always stand
on 17 and up.
 Always double
on 11.
Good Luck!
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