Black Jack Basic Strategy

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What is the sequence (4 decisions) you should contemplate before standing?

Surrender, Split, Double, Hit. (The first 3 steps only matter if you have 2 cards, once you start playing your hand its all down to hitting or standing).

When should you surrender?

15 vs 10
16 vs 9, 10, A (11)

Which hands should you split?

2's, 3's, 7's vs 2 thru 7
4's vs 5& 6
6's vs 2-6 and 9's vs 2-9
A's and 8's Always
5's and 10's Never

Which "hard hands" should you double?

9 vs 3-6
10 vs any card less than 10
11 vs any card less than 11

Which "soft hands" should you double?

A2, A3 vs 5-6
A4, A5 vs 4-6
A6, A7 vs 3-6

What are the rules for hitting on "hard hands"?

Hit to 17 vs 7 & up
Hit to 12 vs 4-6
Hit to 13 vs 2-3

What are the rules for hitting on "soft hands"?

Hit to 18 always
Hit to 19 vs 9, 10, A

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