# basic strategy

1. ### What if you can't split your As?

What should you do if you have a pair of As but you are not allowed to split because, for example, you've already split to the maximum number of hands allowed? I know this is quite an unlikely scenario as you'd have to draw a bunch of As, but you still need to know what to do. I'm interested in...
2. ### Strategy table priority

I'm often confused by blackjack strategy charts that have tables with overlapping domains. For example, this chart includes four tables: pair splitting, soft totals, hard totals and late surrender. If I have a pair of 8s against a 10, the pair splitting table tells me to split, while the late...
3. ### No One Should Have To Pay To Get Full Indices

Why should you pay to get CVData or CVCX when someone who already has it can just post full indices onto this forum? I was only able to find about 90 of the full Hi-Lo indices online. It should not be so difficult to find them. It would be way more efficient if indices for the most common card...
4. ### 6 Deck H17 Playing Deviations

Can I get a chart for Hi-Lo 6 Deck H17 playing deviations for the following? LS 17 vs A 16 vs 7 16 vs A 15 vs 7 15 vs 8 15 vs A 14 vs A 13 vs 10 88 vs A The charts should look like this and show how the advantage changes with the count. I want to see a chart and not just index numbers. I only...
5. ### Does This Work Or Am I Just Lucky

I enjoy blackjack, it is therapy for me. I am a numbers guy so I enjoy the premise of the game and probability basis, knowing exactly what I'll do in every hand but not knowing the outcome of each hand. It is social, engaging and interesting but not difficult, a perfect get-away period for me...
6. ### Memorization techniques

I've hit a hurdle in my quest to perfectly memorize basic strategy, illustrious 18 and fab 4. I want to memorize it all perfectly though. My tactic of just reading the charts over and over before going and during breaks then trying to recite as many as I can is not getting me all the way...
7. ### Splitting Aces if you can't hit them.

Hi, Just a quick question, I'm quite new to the game, and was just wondering, I'm playing at a table which does NOT allow you to hit split Aces (as well as not being able to double soft hands), should I still split if I get a pair of Aces? I'm not sure if this is a common rule or not since...
8. ### Basic Strategy (Pairs) vs illustrious 18 + what bet spread should I use?

Hi there, I am quite new to black jack and very new to card counting. I started getting interested the first night I went casino. Since then, I've completely memorised basic strategy, but I'm still working on my card counting speed and index numbers (illustrious 18). I've stopped going to...
9. ### What is a "Blackjack index"?

I'm sorry I just want to get the terminology down but is a blackjack index just basic strategy and the changes when there are rule changes in the game? I know that basic strategy changes slightly depending on the number of decks, weather surrendering is available, etc. I just want to make sure...
10. ### Basic Strategy and Counting

When do you deviate from Basic Strategy regarding a shoe's count? Or how can you determine when to hit or stand depending on the count ?
11. ### Basic strategy - help me understand.

I'm learning the basic strategy by heart, but I still got a hard time understanding something. How come you want to hit on 18, soft total, against a 7 and 8, but having a 17+ in hard total, you would always stand against anything. I get how the chance of busting is way higher when having a...
12. ### Rules for Basic Strategy in Atlantic City

Can anyone help me with what the options are in Basic Strategy Engine in Atlantic City casinos?
13. ### Rules for Basic Strategy in Atlantic City

Can anyone help me with what the options are in Basic Strategy Engine in Atlantic City casinos?;)
14. ### Double Down 11 vs Ace Basic Strategy Deviations

First of all, I play in Alberta and I have never played anywhere else. So I don't know how different the rules are about DD 11 v A. Here, if you DD on a dealers Ace you lose only half your bet if the dealer turns up a blackjack. Does that happen everywhere? The conditions of the game are; 6...
15. ### Early or late

The video BJ table that I play at in PA has the following rules: 1. If the dealer's up card is an ace, she offers insurance, then checks for BJ before allowing a surrender. 2. If the dealer's up card is a 10, play continues, you can surrender before she turns over her facedown card. So...
16. ### Looking for Card Counters

Hi. I am looking for someone who's good in Basic Strategy and Card Counting. Email me. MV
17. ### Basic Strategy Engine updated

I just installed an update to the Blackjack Basic Strategy Engine to refine the early surrender strategies. A handful of decisions weren't perfect in the early surrender strategies. They are now, as far as I know. The decisions in question were what to do with hard 8 vs Ace, and also some...