Lesson 17 – The Advanced Course – Part 5

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

To start at the beginning, visit the Welcome page.

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 Card 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
Player’s Hand A,2 H H __ __ __ H H H H H
Player’s Hand A,3 H H __ __ D H H H H H
Player’s Hand A,4 H H __ D D H H H H H
Player’s Hand A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
Player’s Hand A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
Player’s Hand A,7 __ D D D D S S H H __
Player’s Hand A,8 S S __ __ __ S S S S S
Player’s Hand A,9 S S S __ __ S S S S S
Player’s Hand 8 H H H __ __ H H H H H
Player’s Hand 9 __ __ D D D __ H H H H
Player’s Hand 10 D D D D D D D __ H H
Player’s Hand 11 D D D D D D D D D __
Player’s Hand 12 __ __ __ __ S H H H H H
Player’s Hand 13 __ S S S S H H H H H
Player’s Hand 14 S S S S S H H H H __
Player’s Hand 15 S S S S S __ __ __ __ __
Player’s Hand 16 S S S S S __ __ __ __ __
Player’s Hand 17 or more S S S S S S S S S S
Player’s Hand 2,2 P P P P P P H H H H
Player’s Hand 3,3 __ P P P P P H H H H
Player’s Hand 4,4 H H H __ __ H H H H H
Player’s Hand 5,5 NEVER SPLIT; TREAT AS ’10’
Player’s Hand 6,6 __ P P P P H H H H H
Player’s Hand 7,7 P P P P P P H H H H
Player’s Hand 8,8 P P P P P P P P __ P
Player’s Hand 9,9 P P P P P __ P P S __
Player’s Hand 10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
Player’s Hand A,A P P P P P P P P P P

THIS MATRIX ASSUMES DOUBLE AFTER SPLIT IS PERMITTED AND ALSO ASSUMES THAT YOU DON’T CHOOSE TO SPLIT 10s.

Homework

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

See you here next lesson.

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4 comments on “Lesson 17 – The Advanced Course – Part 5

  • Mike said:

    Is the empty field for 9,9 vs A correctly empty? I haven’t noticed any info here about potential deviance here.

    • I can’t recall if these indexes are mentioned in the GameMaster’s lessons, but yes, it’s a useful strategy variation to know.
      In 6D H17, split at +2 or better.
      My advancecd cards include for the other rules/decks.

  • Steve said:

    You may want to check the A5 line in the chart for accuracy vs 4 and vs 7. i love all of the material you have made available.

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