Simplified Basic Strategy
I don't have time to learn full basic strategy. Is there something simpler that will minimize my losses?
Here's a set of rules so short and simple you can write it on a cocktail napkin and take it to the table with you.
- Always split aces and eights.
- Double down on 10 or 11 unless the dealer shows an ace.
- Hit until you have 12 if the dealer is showing 2-6.
- Hit until you have 17 if the dealer is showing a 7 or better.
- Never take insurance.
It's no substitute for learning full basic strategy, but it's a good start.