# Blackjack Basic Strategy

## Introduction

"Basic strategy" is the complete set of optimal decisions that a blackjack player can make to give himself the best odds possible. If you play perfect basic strategy, you can lower the house edge to less than 1%, which is very low compared to other casino games. Basic strategy varies depending on the casino rule variations and the number of decks used.

## Basic Strategy Chart

Here is a chart showing the optimal decision for each blackjack hand. The dealer hand is along the top and the player hand is along the side. This strategy is for a game with 4 to 8 decks. Here is a link to a printable basic strategy chart.

 H = Hit S = Stand D = Double down SP = Split
 PAIRS 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A A,A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 10,10 S S S S S S S S S S 9,9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S 8,8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP 7,7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H 6,6 H SP SP SP SP H H H H H 5,5 D D D D D D D D H H 4,4 H H H H H H H H H H 3,3 H H SP SP SP SP H H H H 2,2 H H SP SP SP SP H H H H SOFT HANDS 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A A,9 S S S S S S S S S S A,8 S S S S S S S S S S A,7 S D D D D S S H H H A,6 H 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 H D D H H H H H A,2 H H H H D H H H H H HARD HANDS 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 H 10 D D D D D D D D H H 9 H D D D D H H H H H 8 H H H H H H H H H H

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Blackjack Strategy - Basic Strategy

HPG ADMIN on March 1, 2013