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The card shown on the right reflects a correct basic strategy for multi-deck games with double after splits not allowed
Basic strategy is a proven winning system for the game of twenty-one. It is a strategy which maximizes the players expectation given only knowledge of the players hand and the dealers up-card. In the good old days when single deck was plentiful and rules were great basic strategy could actually give the player a small advantage. Today, casino managers are aware of the power of basic strategy and generally do not offer games that can be beaten off the top of the deck. However, players should keep their eyes open for promotional games which do surface from time to time!
Basic strategy is powerful! All card counters must master it before moving on to the fine art of card counting. Basic strategy is not difficult! A person with average intelligence can memorize it in just a few hours. Basic strategy is the way to play! Every time you make a play on a hunch or intuition and ignore the "correct" basic strategy play you increase the casino advantage against you.
For example, a pit boss witnessing a player standing on an A-7 versus a ten valued dealer up-card would generally consider this player a novice or an idiot. If you stand on this hand you will win it about 41% of the time. If you hit the hand you increase your chances to 43%. Why would anyone not hit this hand? You cant bust (at least not initially) and you stand a good chance of improving it. But every time I play this game I witness players standing on A-7 vs 10 with the hope that the dealer doesnt have a nine or ten in the hole. Dont be an idiot! Trust in basic strategy and play it perfectly. Your bankroll will thank you for it.
For more information read Michael Daltons complete article on "Basic Strategy" in the Summer 1995 issue of Blackjack Review magazine.