Super-Easy Simplified Blackjack Basic Strategy Chart
This is a simplified version of the full basic strategy
, which means that some of the strategy decisions are not
optimal, but the chart is much easier to memorize than the full "Perfect"
basic strategy. The cost of non-optimal decisions is about 0.44% of the
bet, or about $4.40 per hour based on betting $10 per hand, 100 hands
per hour. Click on the chart to download a printable PDF file
The left side of the chart explains the strategy verbally,
while the right side displays the same information graphically, with
your total in the column on the left and the dealer's up card in
the row along the top. After
cards are dealt, start from the top of the chart and work your way down:
- If you have a pair of Aces or 8s, split them.
- Do you have a two-card total of 9, 10, or 11? Double down on 11
always. Double down on 9 or 10 vs. a dealer low card (2-3-4-5-6).
Do you have a soft total (Ace=11)? Hit soft 17 or less, stand on soft 18 or more.
- Against a dealer low card (2-3-4-5-6), "never bust" (stand
on 12 or more). Against a dealer high card (7-8-9-10-A), "mimic the dealer" (hit until
you get at least 17).
top half (blue and purple part) of the chart applies only
initial two cards. The bottom half (green and red) applies to your
initial cards and
your total after you receive one or more hit
This very simple strategy is suitable if you don't have time
to memorize anything more complicated, and you don't mind losing a few extra dollars per hour of play. If
you find this chart too easy, consider the Simple
strategy described in
the BlackjackCalculation.com main page
These are the additional decisions in the Simple strategy:
- Split a pair of 2s, 3s, 6s, 7s, or 9s vs. a dealer low card; never
split fours, fives, faces, or 10s. ($1.54 per hour improvement)
- Double on a two-card total of 10 vs. a dealer 7, 8, or 9 as well as any low card (85 cents per hour improvement)
- Double on A-6 or A-7 vs. a dealer low card (61 cents per hour improvement)
A video introduction to this strategy is available on YouTube.
For a good introduction to blackjack, go to the Wizard of Odds web site