Friday, March 19, 2004

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.