Roulette is considered to be the queen of casino games, and blackjack is considered king. Blackjack is the most extensively researched casino game in the world, and it is also the only casino game with fluctuating odds, where the chances of winning change with the composition of the deck. It is a game where the house’s chances can actually be dimmed to less than 1% if the player follows a certain strategy.
This strategy is known in blackjack as basic strategy, which determines whether a player should hit, or stand, or double, or split. It is based on the player’s total points and the dealer’s visible card. To be a successful player, one needs to refer to the strategy chart, which shows how to play the cards depending on the dealer’s visible card.
A couple games, and one understands that the house begins with an advantage because of the simple fact that the player has to make the first call. Since the basic strategy chart deals only with the first two cards, a player will need to know what to do when he takes a hit. The experts say the best way to do this is translate the chart into simple text. So, the basic strategy to play a hard hand (when the two starting cards do not contain an Ace) would be, if you have eight or less, always hit; if you have 17-21, always stand. Similarly, the basic strategy to play a soft hand (when one of the two starting cards is an Ace) would be, if you have an Ace and an 8 or an Ace and a 9, always stand.
Translating the blackjack strategy chart into text only makes memorizing easier.