The GameMaster's Blackjack School

This free course on blackjack and card counting was provided by the GameMaster, publisher of the GameMaster Online website. It is reproduced here in its entirety with permission of the author. The 24-lesson course is an excellent introduction to winning blackjack.

To start at the beginning, visit the Welcome page.

Lesson 17 - The Advanced Course - Part 5

by the GameMaster, reprinted with permission.
The Blackjack School is also available on DVD from the GameMaster's Store.

Basic Strategy Variations: Test Yourself

By putting my classes up on the internet, I know I'm reaching a much larger audience than I ever had while teaching classes in person, but I do miss the ability to see how you all are doing in learning the material. In my 'in-person' classes, I always tested my students to gauge their progress and thus determine how effective my teaching methods are. We can't do that here, but I want you to test yourself with the methods I'm going to show you, if for no reason other than the fact that it will build your confidence when you see how much you really know. Much like we did when learning proper basic strategy, you should first complete one copy of the test directly from the material I taught in order to give yourself an answer sheet to use when correcting subsequent tests.

This test just asks you to 'fill in the blanks' with the correct index number from -2 to +10. Print as many copies of this as you'd like.
Advanced Course Practice Matrix
Dealer's Up Card2345678910A
Player's Hand A,2HH______HHHHH
Player's Hand A,3HH____DHHHHH
Player's Hand A,4HH__DDHHHHH
Player's Hand A,5HHHDDDHHHH
Player's Hand A,6HDDDDHHHHH
Player's Hand A,7__DDDDSSHH__
Player's Hand A,8SS______SSSSS
Player's Hand A,9SSS____SSSSS
Player's Hand 8HHH____HHHHH
Player's Hand 9____DDD__HHHH
Player's Hand 10DDDDDDD__HH
Player's Hand 11DDDDDDDDD__
Player's Hand 12________SHHHHH
Player's Hand 13__SSSSHHHHH
Player's Hand 14SSSSSHHHH__
Player's Hand 15SSSSS__________
Player's Hand 16SSSSS__________
Player's Hand 17 or moreSSSSSSSSSS
Player's Hand 2,2PPPPPPHHHH
Player's Hand 3,3__PPPPPHHHH
Player's Hand 4,4HHH____HHHHH
Player's Hand 5,5NEVER SPLIT; TREAT AS '10'
Player's Hand 6,6__PPPPHHHHH
Player's Hand 7,7PPPPPPHHHH
Player's Hand 8,8PPPPPPPP__P
Player's Hand 9,9PPPPP__PPS__
Player's Hand 10,10SSSSSSSSSS



Start on this and try to do one a day for the next two weeks.
See you here next lesson.

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