Winning Blackjack Basic Strategy


– The single most important
thing you will ever learn in playing Blackjack, or
becoming a card counter, is a system called Basic Strategy. So what it Basic Strategy, and
why do you need to know it? I’m gonna answer that in this video. (funky music) The absolute foundation
to beating Blackjack is Basic Strategy. If you don’t master
this, you have no chance of beating the game. Okay, so what is Basic Strategy? Basic Strategy tells
you exactly how to play every possible hand in
Blackjack; when to Hit, when to Stand, when to
Split, when to Double Down, or even when to Surrender. So, where did Basic
Strategy come from and how do we know it we can trust it? Well, Basic Strategy was figured out like, a long time ago, using
very early computers, but it’s been revised over
the years based on how Blackjack is normally
dealt today, and it’s completely run off math
and computer simulations. And we’ll tell you the
mathematically correct decision for every hand you can
possibly be dealt at the Blackjack tables. Because Basic Strategy is the
statistically correct answer for every hand you can be
dealt, it’s really important that you don’t just learn 80 or 90% of it. These aren’t suggestions
that you can then build your own strategy around. These are the correct
decisions to make every time. When I say they’re the
mathematically correct decision, that doesn’t mean you’re
gonna win every hand when you play this way. But it means it’s gonna
help you in one of two ways. The first way Basic Strategy
helps you is it helps you, at times, to win more money. So, as an example of that,
it’ll tell you the correct times to Double Down. Doubling Down when you
have the advantage is a way to have more money
on the table when you actually have an advantageous hand. It doesn’t work out 100%
of the time, but it does work out over the long run
if you follow it properly. The second way Basic
Strategy will help you is it’ll help you lose less money. So as an example, consider
a 16 against an ace. Most players don’t like
hitting a 16 against an ace because the odds are
they’re going to lose. And the reality is, the odds
are you are going to lose if you hit a 16 against an ace. But you’re gonna lose
less money by following Basic Strategy and hitting
a 16 against an ace, than by ignoring Basic
Strategy and Standing a 16 against an ace. So, if you have a hand that
is a negative expectation, maybe you’re gonna only
lose 50 cents on average by following Basic
Strategy, rather than losing 75 cents by ignoring Basic Strategy. So by following the math, the
expectation over enough time is that you’re going to lose less money. Okay, as far as learning Basic Strategy, it’s put together in a simple chart. There’s a link below
where you can download it and start memorizing it. And if you commit
yourself to memorizing it, you can actually learn it fairly quickly. And, for our members in
our video course section, we actually have a series
of videos that will help you learn it even faster
by teaching you how to memorize the patterns, and
different ways of reciting it. We also provide a Basic
Strategy drill that you can use for free on BlackjackApprenticeship.com to start practicing
playing Basic Strategy. So, some people point
out that our chart might look a little bit
different from other charts that you could find on the internet. And, you can trust our chart. The reason ours might
look different is we have it based off of the most common
rules that are found today at the Blackjack tables,
and some of the other charts might be based off of
rules that were more common 20 or 30 years ago. But, don’t worry about it. Commit this chart to memory,
and then if you wanna actually beat the game, you can
move on to the next steps that’ll take you to the next level. Now, I wanna be honest with you. Even with perfect Basic
Strategy, you won’t have a winning game. Basic Strategy cuts the casino’s advantage to roughly half of one
percent, but the casino still has a very slim advantage
with perfect Basic Strategy. To actually gain the
advantage, you have to learn how to count cards. That will tell you, with
perfect Basic Strategy, when you have the edge, and
when the casino has the edge, and how do you use that to your advantage. If you’re interested in
learning how to legally beat Blackjack with
card counting, we have a free card counting mini
course that you can sign up for below, where I will teach you what card counting is
and isn’t, how to do it, and the biggest mistakes
Blackjack players make, and how to avoid them. So check out the card
counting mini course, and learn how to play Blackjack like a pro.

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63 thoughts on “Winning Blackjack Basic Strategy

  1. The only thing I didn't figure out in card counting system is what determines how BIG is long run? Simply put, how much does it take to show results? If you play, let's say, daily for 3-4 hours, is LONG RUN something like weeks, months, or years? or in betting terms: 30th, 50th, 250th shoe dealt? (considering you followed every rule perfectly)

  2. I’ve gotten basic strategy and counting down but have trouble with betting strategy. Any tips on creating a bet spread with $5,000 bank roll and $15 minimum bets? 8D S17 DAS LS

  3. Another good example for losing less $ is to always splits 8s against 9 through ACE. Yes, it's still not a winning hand but 16 is the worst hand in blackjack. In the long run you still lose $ but you lose less compare to hitting or standing on 8s.

  4. I have to hold back all kinds of laughter when I see these fools not using basic strategy lol. And I'm not talking people who deviate from basic strategy when the count is good (cuz they can't count cards), I'm talking about idiots who stay 13 and 14 when the dealer has like 8 or 9. Its like really? Go play a slot machine or something lol.

    The WORST I've seen was seeing someone insure a hard 13 against an Ace, splitting 10s every chance they got lol, and – get this – doubling on a hard 12. When the dealer has a SIX showing. Like WHY? If you're gonna be that bad at blackjack, go play a high limit slot machine. At least you'll have a chance at it spitting a couple grand at you.

    Learn your basic strategy. Hell you can even ask the DEALER what basic strategy says to do. Just go "what does the book say" before playing your hand. No excuses, kids.

  5. Hey BJA! Huge question about “BUST BONUS” side bet I could get answered in your forum if I had money for entry: I saw it for the first time and immediately went to wizardofodds. It ends the math by saying “ it isn't difficult to see this side bet would be very vulnerable to card counters.” So can you please do a basic strategy for it or at least comment on when it is to our advantage other than “thou shalt not place side bets”? I kept betting $1 on 4-6 at a true +2 count and came up ahead but idk the math.

  6. Is a lack of strategy for when to surrender after a double down indicative to never surrender and just stay no matter what your 3rd card gives you?

  7. I ask this genuinely, have you ever tried the never bust strategy with card counting?
    And perhaps contrary to your technique, I won't hesitate in leaving a table if there is a dealer winning tendency.

  8. Sadly, card counting didn't work for me this weekend. At first I did pretty good. My last night at the casino, I got my ass handed to me. The running count was between +20-25 for 5 hands and I lost 5 hands in a row. Pretty much took my whole stack. Lost $700. Very frustrating but I guess it is never a sure thing. * sigh *

  9. sorry if you have already covered this in another video, but how many decks in the shoe are required to make card counting worthwhile?

  10. I don't understand

    Hard 12 against dealer J

    Player 3rd card follow basic stratedy is to hit

    After hit
    player card become J22
    Now fourth card should I follow basic stratedy again ????

  11. A question on basic strategy. The question of surrender. I’m an Australian and I play in Australian casinos of which are few and far between . Australians do not surrender. It’s a cultural thing. If I surrender a hand that alerts the dealer and pit boss that I’m more than just a mug punter. What I’ve been doing is to stand. Is standing having a positive or negative affect on the long term %.

  12. There are multiple basic strategy charts for different decks. Why is there only one on the app???? I play a double deck game H17 and it says I’m making the wrong play with my A3 vs 4( I double) but the app says to just hit . I bought a basic strategy card for double deck H17 and it says to double . Is this a mistake?

  13. Good evening, Colin,

    Does an unaltered Basic Strategy + I-18 work for Spanish 21? Are there deviations for this version of Blackjack that can be learned? May I ask, I know it's a freebie, but nothing ventured, nothing gained: "Can you tell us which table versions of 21 you've found AP+PerfStrat+I18 has the best edge?" Or perhaps an easier and less cost-divisive way to phrase this, "Can you tell us which 21 variation table games to avoid as the strategy falls apart, or provides little to no path to get as close to the 0.5% that we all crave?"

    P.S. Your videos, personality, dedication, and general teaching of AP has hooked me and I dearly thank you for your work. Being not too close to a few casinos to employ AP, (hope to change that in the future) I shall keep you in mind when I'm ready to pull the trigger on training and boot camp!

  14. This might be a stupid question…BUT…I’m new to this. Why does the basic strategy chart not give you a play when dealer has J-Q-K up card? What are my options?

  15. Correct me if im wrong. I, think it would depent on the count wether you are going to hit, double or split.

    Thanks for answering. 🙂🙂🙂

  16. how do you sine up and also can you cont cards in virtual black or spanish 21 or black jack attack ive been playing blackjack for over 20years i need help in counting cards

  17. So I'm new to blackjack and upon reviewing the basic strategy chart I'm wondering why u only double on a soft 19 when the dealer shows a 6 considering a hard 9 doubles on 3-6.

  18. Hi I'm wondering about a thing in the basic strategy. If I have a hard 12 and the dealer have 10 and I take a card and get 3 so I have 15 do I continue to take another card?

    And the same goes for A3 and the dealer have a 10 and I hit and get a 4 do I count my A,3,4 as a A7 then?

  19. Most basic strategy charts and videos only cover how to play the first 2 cards, what about the 3rd or 4th card?

  20. To Austin Powers. If we do the math on this, with a soft 19. If I double and pull a ten, I have a solid 20, A=21, 2=21. So your chances of a great hand are present. It not always about winning the money, but also protecting your money. If we double on a hard 9 with a 6 showing, we are hoping for soothing high. Chances are the dealer is holding a 10, so they have to hit since they stay at 17. But if the down card is a 2,3,4,5,A they are going to continue to draw and chances of you winning are less. So don’t put double your money out when your chances are lower. Win big and protect what you have. Hope this helps.

  21. Something I’m presently doing is, I created an excel sheet with the main 3 basic strategy tables. It’s a fill in the blanks kind of thing. I’ve been able to fit 4 tables on one sheet. So in addition to seeing it, I’m filling it in. If I find a spot I can’t remember, I study the crap out of that spot. Also when you write it down, your chances of retaining the info is so much better. Definitely helping out.

  22. Hey Colin, I have a question…
    If you're just going to the casino to have fun, win some money and play perfect basic strategy should you play one hand or two hands to win more money?

  23. great videos. i wanted to print off the basic strategy as i am an online punter but can`t find the link. any help appreciated thanks

  24. Hey Colin I’ve got a question for you. I’ve watched a lot of your videos and you do a great job explaining the mathematics behind the game. I know about 96% of the chart automatically for basic strategy. There are definitely tools on your website to help memorize the chart. My question is why not just bring a basic strategy card to the table? Every casino I’ve been to allows them and if I see a hand I’m unsure of I get it right 100% of the time. Where as without it I try to remember all the lines and remember the deviations on top of that. Wouldn’t bringing a card also make it look like you don’t really know what you are doing and make them less tipped off?

  25. Why don’t casinos just have a table specifically for cad counters so instead of getting told to leave they just ask you to move to the card counter table and they get your name or whatever so you are only allowed on that table and if you go to other tables you get strikes and obviously 3 strikes and your out

  26. Hey guys, I'm new and I would like to know why there is no numbers under 8 in the hard totals chart. I did a little blackjack game with 1 deck (I know that a normal game is played with 6 decks) and my first 2 cards were a 3 and a 4 wich is a hard total from 7. Can someone explain me if in a 6 decks blackjack game if it is possible to have a hard total from 7 or less with our 2 first cards and if yes what should I do ?

  27. I tried to play the drills but it only shows half the screen and only seen like 13% of the 2 buttons out of 4 for hold and etc

  28. 2:11 is he stating that one should “hit” on a 16 vs the tables Ace ?? but why not stand and play the odds. sure it’s possibly another face card but why bust on trying to raise ur chances ? what logic is that.

  29. The Blackjack Apprenticeship basic strategy says 11 against A Double down is that for Hit 17 or Stand 17 game or for both? Don´t saw many players doubling down against A in a Stand 17 Game.

  30. Hey Collin, does the basic strategy and card counting work for Freebet Blackjack as well? Just trying to understand if any other strategy has to be applied for Freebet BJ. Thanks!

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  32. If I have a 16 (non 8's) and the dealer is showing an ace up card you can damn well be sure that I'm surrendering.

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