Start Here – Get Blackjack Smart!

Blackjack is a game that rewards knowledge. If you enjoy the game, shouldn’t you give yourself the best chance of winning that you can?

While the typical blackjack player loses about 1.5% of their bets over the long run, a smart player can do a lot better than that. Improving is easy…

Basic Strategy is a Strong Start

Many casinos offer a version of the game where a basic strategy player’s expected loss is only around 0.3%. By just choosing the right game and using a correct basic strategy, your results have already improved five-fold over a typical player!

A player who plays at this skill level can already “beat” the game if you consider the value of comps and freebies he can get. (See How a Basic Strategy Player Can Beat Blackjack.)

Card Counting Lets You Turn The Tables

If you want to beat the game in the long run for actual cash, that’s possible too. In fact, Blackjack is probably the easiest game in the casino where a knowledgeable player can get a mathematical edge over the game. By learning to count cards, you can expect to win more money than you lose. You don’t have to be a genius to count cards… You just need to be willing to study, practice, and play with discipline.

Either Way, Knowledge is Valuable

Sure, card counting is not for everyone, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with playing blackjack for its entertainment value. But even a recreational player will be well-rewarded for spending some time learning the correct basic strategy.

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Richard Lofink
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Richard Lofink

I have followed all instructions and analyzer does not come…any suggestions

annonymious with hold name
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annonymious with hold name

Before sitting at a table to play, what should I be looking for, or does it really matter

Josh
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Josh

Make sure Blackjack pays 3/2, many these days pay 6/5

Glen
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Glen

Hi Ken,
Surrender with a hard 5, against an Ace????????????????????????????????????

RN
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RN

IF you have BS down 100% and are proficient counting cards for Double Deck, how much money should you take for a session if your min bet is $25 and your max is $50? And how long should you expect to play for the game to become profitable? Biloxi has a Double Deck that stands on a soft 17 and pays 3-2.

Paul Hennessey
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Paul Hennessey

I am thankful to this site for making me a better player. I do not understand why the basic strategy calls for a hit rather than a double 11 against an ace .With the dealer having proved he does not have a BJ.

chris
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chris

I have basic strategy down ok. couple quick questions – Is it always best to play one spot? Do i always hit my 12 against the dealers 2 up-card and the dealers 3 up-card? Do i hit my soft 17 all the time? When do I hit soft 18? When do I double my soft 17 against dealer –

Martin Morris
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Martin Morris

Yes read Winning Black Jack for the Noncounterby Avery Cardoza and Play Blackjack like the pro’s by kevin black. When you hit your 12 vs 2 and 3, your chances of busting low. Hit your soft 17 all the time.Soft 18 facing 3-6 DD or Stand. 2,7 8 stand. Hit 9 or above because more 10’s in deck. You assume the deal will draw a 10 that will beat your Soft 18.

Stefan
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Stefan

I understand ken .thanks for the answer!i agree that first thing is to learn the basics.just for the info yesterday i was playing bj and counting everythink was ok 7 at 10 times my bets was correct and sometimes i was deviatied from basic strategy with good results for example is 12 vs 4 or in 12 vs 3.all that finished when they bring new dealer to the table.super super fast hands. I couldnt keep counting.even when i changed to last base as a player i was loosing the count.and her behaviour was very rude to me.

Stefan
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Stefan

No ken maybe i didnt posted corect.i ment when the tc is negative should the table have more bases so u can get rid off the low cards and when the tc is high to close as much u can tbe bases so to have full avantage of the high cards?when the tc is minus ofcorse u try to keep your bet al low u can

Stefan
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Stefan

Ken if the true count is minus enough the answer is to open more bases?and the oposite to close and play as much less when the tc is plus ?

Alex
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Alex

hi, ive been told going in and out favors the dealer… was wondering if that’s true and why..

Pocket Ace
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Pocket Ace

Is Basic Strategy only for your initial hand? Does it change or stay the same when you’re sitting on a 3, 4, or 5+ card hand? For example, Say I have 7 (5, 2) against dealer 9, I hit, 5 comes out, now I’m sitting on 12 (5, 2, 5) do I follow BS still? Hit a 12 against 9? I hit, 4 comes out, now I’m sitting on 16 (5, 2, 5, 4) against dealer 9. BS says to hit again… So my questions is does BS change when you have hands like these? Or do you always play… Read more »

Martin Morris
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Martin Morris

No use the BS through all hands. You start going against the math and will lose. Then you start playing randomly. Listen Ken and follow BS

BILL
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BILL

How do casino BJ machines compare to your site – similar random # generators, speeds, etc?

David
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David

I’d like some help with my reasoning of the cut card effect on a shoe game. I am used to playing a shoe game using eight decks, with the cut card placed about three decks from the end, so only five of the eight decks are dealt. It seems to me that with this setup, the cut card helps the players. If the front of the shoe is rich in high cards, more hands are dealt. If it is rich in low cards, fewer hands are dealt. Therefore, the players get to play more hands when the shoe is favorable,… Read more »

BJ Player
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BJ Player

I always wonder if the casinos actually put out the basic strategy plays to learn for their gain. Are you affiliated with any casinos?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

BJ player.
Casino’s put out basic strategy cards because they know it will attract people to play. $1.50 for the card, $20, $40 sit at the table. Just because people have them doesn’t mean they will use them correctly. If they have a hunch or gut feeling or have seen lots of low or high cards come out, they will go with their gut and ignore the card. You just have to remember 2 things. 1. Don’t get mad. They’re only there for a bit of fun. 2 PLAY YOUR GAME. Their decision doesn’t effect your play. GL. a5teve.

Lee
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Lee

Hello Ken I absolutely love this site!!! i have always been interested in playing black jack, and when i found out tournament pay out are $25,000 with a $250 buy in from a friend, this go me hooked (it would also be great for paying school tuition). i also love the practice software. any advice for a newbie? also is their a facebook group?

leonard
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leonard

like the idea of telling your students to quit when ahead . cause the longer u play the more chance u have of deck turning against u especially if not able to count cards, counting cards is very difficult.

Kathy
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Kathy

Can you recommend software for a MAC computer for Blackjack card counting?

Tom Bayly
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Tom Bayly

I have been practicing with your system a lot. I am now in the 95-97% approval. Where does that put me in ability to play quality and profitable BLACKJACK.

john
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john

KEN
I HAVE BEEN TRAINNING WITH YOUR SITE. I HAVE PRETTY MUCH MASTERED BASIC STATIGIES. IN YOUR SYSTEM IT IS IN HEADS UP FORMAT. I AM NEW AT THIS SO PLEASE BARE WITH ME. WOULD I USE THE SAME SYSTEM WITH SEVERAL PLAYERS AT MY TABLE.

Markus Friederich
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Markus Friederich

Hello, iam new and learning blackjack on casino Verite 5.0. How realistic is this software vs. life blackjack.

Dennis
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Dennis

KEN I HAVE BEEN COUNTING CARDS FOR ALMOST 0NE YEAR,
I GOT YOUR BASIC STRATEGY CHARTS FOR 6 DECKS IT HAS REALLY HELPED ME.
MY QUESTIONS IS OR OBSERVATION IS I SEEM TO FIND IT EAYSER TO COUNT CARDS WHEN ITS JUST ME AND THE DEALER.
BUT ON A BAD SHOE I FOUND ITS REAL EASY TO SEE MY MONEY DISAPEAR.
I CAN KEEP TRACK OF THE COUNT BETTER WHEN I JUST PLAY AGAINST THE DEALER.
IS THIS A GOOD OR BAD HABIT TO GET INTO?
THANKS