Blackjack EZ Strategy
by Henry Tamburin
offers what I call the Blackjack
EZ Strategy at Learn to Play Blackjack
Playing blackjack is fun and it can be profitable. And you don't have
to be a
math whiz to become a smart player.
Let’s get started with
a blackjack EZ strategy that will take you all
of 10 minutes to learn.
But first let me address the fear that most players have
about playing this
game. I know it's the 'I' word, intimidation, that the dealer or
worse a fellow player will scold you for making a "wrong" play that
causes everyone at the table to lose.
First off, how you play your hands has no bearing on the odds
of other players
on your table winning or losing. Sometimes a player could make an
play that will cause players to lose but an equal number of times it
cause players to win. Plus with the strategy you are about to learn,
playing better than the majority of players.
My advice if you've never played is to first read a
good book that covers the
basics so you understand the playing rules. Then attend a free lesson
by most casinos so you get some hands on experience at how the game is
Then use the blackjack ez strategy I'm about to discuss and
playing like a
pro in no time.
What follows is an abbreviated strategy involving only 9 rules.
It's not as accurate as the complete basic strategy you will find in
it's much easier to learn and it'll allow you to get an overall return
range of 99.1 to 99.5% (depends upon the number of decks and the
Trust me that you'll be hard pressed to find another table game or slot
that returns in excess of 99%.
The first statement below indicates your hand.
statement shows the playing
strategy you should follow based upon what the dealer's upcard happens
For example, suppose you are dealt a 9 and 7 and the dealer's upcard is
Your hand totals 16. You should hit the 16 according to the first rule
Hand--Playing Strategy vs. Dealer Upcard
12 through 16--Stand on 2 through 6, hit on 7 through ace
17 through 21--Always Stand
10 or 11--Double down on 2 through 9
Soft 13 through 17--Always hit except double down on 5, 6
Soft 18 through 21--Always stand except double down on soft 18, double
down on 5, 6.
2,2; 3,3; 6,6; 7,7; 9,9--Split on 2 to 7 (except stand on 9,9 vs. 7)
5,5; 10,10--Never split
8,8; ace, ace--Always split
Never Take Insurance
Once you learn the above playing strategy that will also help
build up your confidence
and overcome your fear of intimidation.
Look at this way. By following the Blackjack EZ Strategy, you'll be
then most of the players on your table.
If you're still concerned about making mistakes, jot the above strategy
index card or print it out and take it with you when you play.
If you forget what to do, refer to your index card and/or printout.
Another tip to keep in mind is do NOT play blackjack at any
table where player
blackjacks pay 6-5 (or worse only even money).
These games are popular on the Las
strip (offered as a single deck game as a come-on) and are
other US areas.
Getting paid 6-5 is far worse then getting paid the standard
so avoid all 6-5 games.
You should also avoid any table that uses a continuous shuffling
the discards after each round is returned to the shuffler.
Playing blackjack is fun and your chances of winning are
much better if you follow the above abbreviated EZ strategy.
EZ Strategy is followed by Blackjack Basics
to Learn to Play Blackjack Program
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