How to Memorize Basic Strategy

Here’s your assignment:

 

• Recite what I just taught you (the Splits section of the chart) 10 times today. Once you can recite it from memory, you can move on to the Soft Hands , then Hard Totals and Surrender (below the Splits video).

 

• If you haven’t seen it yet, Watch our Basic Strategy Video  (Note: This is one of the many videos included in our Card Counting Training Course.)

Section 1: Intro & Splitting

Play
  • Always Split Aces & 8’s
  • Never Split 10’s and 5’s
  • Split 2, 3 & 7 on 2 through 7
  • Split 4’s against 5 & 6
  • Split 6’s on 2 through 6
  • Split 9’s against 2 through 9, except 7

Section 2: Soft Totals

Play
  • Soft 21 and 20 always stand
  • Soft 19 (Ace, 8) doubles against 6 otherwise it stands
  • Soft 18 (Ace, 7) doubles against 2-6, stands against 7 and 8, hits against 9, 10, Ace. If it can’t double against 2-6, it stands
  • Soft 17 (A, 6) doubles against 3-6, otherwise it hits
  • Soft 16 and Soft 15 (A, 5 and A, 4) doubles against 4-6 otherwise it hits
  • Soft 14 and soft 13 (Ace, 3 and ace, 2) doubles against 5 and 6 otherwise it hits

Section 3: Hard Totals & Surrender

Play
  • Surrender 16 against 9 – Ace
  • Surrender 15 against a 10
  • Hard 17 and above will always stand
  • Hard 13 through 16 will stand against 2-6, hit against 7-ace
  • Hard 12 will stand against 4-6, hit against everything else
  • Hard 11 will always double down
  • Hard 10 will double against 2-9
  • Hard 9 will double against 3-6
  • Hard 8 and below will always hit