Now that the movie "21" is released we can expect alot of beginners joining the forum, thats why i have decided to make an FAQ! Q: What is basic strategy? A: Basic strategy is mathematically the best way to play blackjack, without counting. Basic strategy varies from game to game and it can be calculated with this: http://www.blackjackinfo.com/bjbse.php Q: Why does card counting work? A: Read this thread: http://www.blackjackinfo.com/bb/showthread.php?t=9660 Q: What is the best counting system? A: Whatever works for you! There are systems that can gain a greater advantage over the house than others, but the increased difficulty of these systems makes you more apt for errors, thus rendering the added effort worthless. As a beginner you should start with either KO or hi-lo. Here is a list of counting systems compared: http://www.qfit.com/card-counting.htm Q: What are the best rules? A: There is no single answere for this question. The games that have the lowest house edge are naturally the most advantageous. Here is a calculator that calculates the house edge, when playing basic strategy http://www.qfit.com/calc.htm NOTE: A good penetration is usually the most important thing in a game. This post will be updated when new questions arise!