Learning Basics and the Value of Strategy Cards
Blackjack. It's one of the best bets, if not the best
bet in the casino; And it's one of the easiest games to
learn. What else is there to say, right? Well, there's
actually a lot more to say.
The whole part about blackjack being the best bet in
the casino is contingent on a "Basic", yet long
mathematical strategy that is sure to challenge even the
fittest mind, or better, memory. Indeed, successfully
using the Basic Blackjack strategy, which can
practically neutralize the Casinos Edge, essentially
amounts to memorizing a bunch of hand scenarios for you
and the dealer, and regurgitating the necessary action
on the blackjack table.
You've likely seen these color-coded blackjack
strategy cards, which in graph-like fashion, tell you
the best move to make, based on the dealt cards. And
while these strategy cards are very helpful for learning
the strategy during practice mode, in the same fashion
as a calculator, these cards are easy to grow dependent
on. What happens when you find yourself in the casino,
seated a blackjack table, only to find you've lost your
strategy card or left it back in the hotel room?
Besides, you wouldn't want to be hovering over a
strategy card while seated at a table in the casino
anyways, if you know what I mean.
Even for blackjack play in the online casino, a
strategy card should not serve as a lifeline. It should
only serve as a teaching tool and reference. Not only
will you be faster with your decisions when you have the
basic blackjack strategy down pat, you will have a
greater confidence when it comes time to making those
Just remember, ingraining the Basic Blackjack
Strategy into your memory takes time and practice...and
practice...and more practice. Many players like to start
off tackling a somewhat abbreviated version of the Basic
Strategy, called the Simple Strategy, only to move on
later to the more expansive "basic" strategy.
For new players who want to get started playing
quickly (for example, say you're staying in Vegas and
get inspired by your friend's success at the Blackjack
table, and you decide you want to give it a go later
that same evening), there is a crash course to learning
the basic strategy precepts broken down into ten simple
rules...but more on that later.
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