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The Best Odds in Blackjack


Blackjack is one of the easier card games to play with fairly simple rules. Probably that’s why it’s still a big hit in casinos. As with any card game, it’s part math, part skill, and part luck. Here are some tips to help you with the math part. The following are by no means guaranteed to be the winning odds but are based on statistics and permutations.

Since you’re playing against the dealer, consider the following when the dealer’s up card:

  • 2, 3, or 4: Hit with 12 or less. Stand with 13 or more.
  • 5 or 6: Hit with 11 or less. Stand with 12 or more.
  • 7, 8, or 9: Hit with 16 or less. Stand with 17 or more.
  • A or 10 (face cards included, definitely): Hit with 15 or less. Stand with 16 or more.

There would be other factors in this like if you’re starting with a complete 52-card deck.


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One Response to “The Best Odds in Blackjack”

  • Actually, if blackjack were as easy as all that, everyone would be winning and casinos would go bankrupt.
    What this writer is referring to is the 50-year old notion of basic strategy, now hopelessly antiquated and inefficient.
    Don’t take my word for it. Read the works of the basic strategy writers very carefully. They’ll tell you that, at best, it’s a break-even system and, at worst, the casino has the advantage.
    Yet they call it “correct” or “perfect” strategy when it’s anything but.
    Blackjack strategy has come a long way since Thorp’s Beat The Dealer (introducing the world to the theory of basic strategy) came out in 1962. It’s no longer state-of-the-art and it’s been proved useless.

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