Introduction to Simplified Blackjack Strategies
There are a lot of reasons to love Blackjack. It’s fun, it’s not too difficult, and if you play an optimal strategy – or what’s known as a basic strategy – you’ll be facing a house edge of less than 1%. These basic strategies are available all over the internet; they’ve been calculated to make sure you’re getting the most out of every situation at the table.
There is a bit of a problem with these strategies: They change depending on the rules of the game. The number of decks in the shoe has a small effect on the odds. As do the rules about whether the dealer hits or stands on Soft 17, and whether she checks (aka peeks) for blackjack. Are surrenders allowed? If so, when? Don’t forget about the rules for doubling after a split, either. Each rule change requires a different basic strategy, and casinos don’t have uniform rules when it comes to Blackjack.
Near Optimal Blackjack Strategies
That’s where simplified Blackjack strategies come in. These near-optimal strategies won’t narrow the house edge down to the minimum, but they’re pretty close, and you can use them to play just about any Blackjack game in any casino – including right here at Slots.lv. Simplified strategies are especially important for newer players; at first, the errors made while trying to implement the basic strategy can be more costly than it’s worth. Learn to crawl before you walk, as they say.
Different people have come up with different simplified strategies for Blackjack, each with a different level of accuracy. You can find them by searching the internet, and find the one best suited for you.
Again, this is a near-optimal Blackjack strategy, so you will encounter small inaccuracies, like hitting on Soft 18 when the dealer shows a Seven. But these are relatively small errors, there aren’t too many of them, and this strategy is relatively easy to learn – and implement. Give it a try using the “Practice Play” mode at Slots.lv and see if you agree.