Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine

BlackjackInfo is the home of the original Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine, since 1998.

These strategy charts are also applicable to playing blackjack online or live blackjack.

You can also purchase a physical wallet-sized plastic version of the strategy charts here. Or you can try out our strategy trainer which interactively tells you whether you made the correct strategic choice or not

How to Use the Strategy Engine

To modify the rules, simply click on the Adjust The Rules button and change from the default options to the exact rules of your casino.

The left hand column represents your hand card values while the very top row represents the dealer’s upcard.

You should also notice the chart is split into 3 segments – Hard Totals, Soft Totals and Pairs. Simply line up the hand you have with the dealer’s up card value and the intersecting value in the chart is the optimal basic strategic choice for these set of rules. Also be mindful that you should never take insurance.

6 decks, H17, DAS, No Surrender, Peek

Estimated casino edge for these rules: 0.66 %

Hard Totals

Your
Hand
Dealer
23456789TA
Hard 5HHHHHHHHHH
Hard 6HHHHHHHHHH
Hard 7HHHHHHHHHH
Hard 8HHHHHHHHHH
Hard 9HDDDDHHHHH
Hard 10DDDDDDDDHH
Hard 11DDDDDDDDDD
Hard 12HHSSSHHHHH
Hard 13SSSSSHHHHH
Hard 14SSSSSHHHHH
Hard 15SSSSSHHHHH
Hard 16SSSSSHHHHH
Hard 17SSSSSSSSSS
Hard 18+SSSSSSSSSS

Soft Totals

Your
Hand
Dealer
23456789TA
Ace + 2HHHDDHHHHH
Ace + 3HHHDDHHHHH
Ace + 4HHDDDHHHHH
Ace + 5HHDDDHHHHH
Ace + 6HDDDDHHHHH
Ace + 7DSDSDSDSDSSSHHH
Ace + 8SSSSDSSSSSS
Ace + 9SSSSSSSSSS

Pairs

Your
Hand
Dealer
23456789TA
(2,2)PPPPPPHHHH
(3,3)PPPPPPHHHH
(4,4)HHHPPHHHHH
(5,5)DDDDDDDDHH
(6,6)PPPPPHHHHH
(7,7)PPPPPPHHHH
(8,8)PPPPPPPPPP
(9,9)PPPPPSPPSS
(T,T)SSSSSSSSSS
(A,A)PPPPPPPPPP
Key:
H
Hit
S
Stand
P
Split
D
Double (Hit if not allowed)
DS
Double (Stand if not allowed)

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Thomas Thomas
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Thomas Thomas

That list is very useful. But the real trick is to learn to variate according to true count. There is no need to learn all the variations according to counting only the most important from true count -2 to + 3. Of course prepare to hear complains at the table from players that play basic strategy exactly and think that is the Bible of Blackjack.

Jerry Smith
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Jerry Smith

What’s the difference between early and late surrender?

Gronbog
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Gronbog

Early surrender is vs a dealer T or A *before* they check for blackjack — extremely valuable.
Late surrender is *after* they check.

Jerry
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Jerry

6 deck, S17, das, early surrender, peek
Is all the surrenders something new? Just haven’t seen this before, surrender on hard 5, 6, 7 vs dealer A etc.
Thanks

Anonymous
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Anonymous

1 deck, S17, DAS, No Surrender, Peek

Chart is instructing playing to stand on 7,7 vs the dealers 10???? I don’t see how this can be correct? Is it?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nice engine. It’s good to see the deviations from standard basic strategy chart that are on the Google because those charts (Google) created for 2 decks and no surrender option. I prefer the options not to split 88 against TT and AA, and not to split AA against AA but hit Aces.

Thanks

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