Blackjack strategy

A simple 3 stage Blackjack strategy

The 'perfect' Blackjack strategy has to cover every possible combination of cards. This quickly becomes hard to remember, especially under playing conditions.

What this simplified strategy does is give you a basic strategy, suitable for most hands you'll encounter, then takes you step by step to a more advanced level, until you're playing like a pro.

NB if you're new to Blackjack, it would be worth taking time out to read the following article: How to win at Blackjack - and why most players lose!

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Basic rules

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Aces should be treated as 1, except with 7, 8, and 9 when they equal 11.


A, 6 is always 7
A, 8 is always 19

Points total is the total of all cards in your hand, not just the first 2, so the same rules apply to

7 and 6,
5, 4
and 4
A, 4
and 8

all of which should be treated as 13.

Stage 1 - Beginner's Blackjack strategy

Points total Action
3 to 11 HIT
12 to 16 HIT if dealer > 6, otherwise STAND
17 to 20 STAND
Exception: A, 7 HIT if dealer > 8, otherwise STAND

Stage 2 - Intermediate Blackjack strategy

As the beginner's strategy, with the addition of the Split on a pair

Points total Action
except 4s, 5s and 10s
PAIR of 4s HIT
PAIR of 5s HIT if dealer has 10 or A,

Stage 3 - Advanced Blackjack strategy

As the intermediate strategy, but with Double Down on 9, 10 and 11

Points total Action
9 DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 7
10 DOUBLE DOWN if dealer < 10

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Online Blackjack guide

Blackjack is the most popular game in the casino, and for good reason - it's simple to learn, but offers experienced gamblers the opportunity to refine a strategy that could give them the edge over the casino.

In order to take you from beginner through to High Rolling Blackjack player, we've put together a comprehensive Blackjack guide, that tells you everything you need to know:

Blackjack basics

A simple guide to playing Blackjack. An explanation of the rules, counting system and betting options - Hit, Stand, Double, Split, Surrender, Insurance etc.

This Blackjack Basics guide is designed to get you up and playing in as short a time as possible.

How to win at Blackjack

New Blackjack players often think that the object of the game is to get a points total as close to twenty one as possible. It isn't.

To win at Blackjack, you just have to beat the dealer - and you can do this with a points total of nineteen, fifteen or even twelve.

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