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Winning Blackjack Basic Strategy





What is basic strategy in blackjack? Why should I trust it? And why should I bother learning it?

In this video Colin explains what basic strategy is, why it’s essential to learn, and why basic strategy alone is still not enough to gain the advantage over that casino.

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27 comments

  1. 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.

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  2. If u know basic strategy why do u need card counting?

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  3. where is the link with the template ? 🙂

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  4. What's the most positive running count you've ever seen? Surprised no one has asked this before

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  5. 2.25*

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  6. 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

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  7. won £150 off £5 Cheers

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  8. 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. 🙂🙂🙂

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  9. 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?

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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?

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  12. Just subscribed to your page but can't see the link for the basic strategy guide

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  13. Can this be used for online casino's aswell?

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  14. Sometimes I get too chicken shit to hit above 13 on big bets

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  15. 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 %.

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  16. I can't access your site.

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  17. Hey is your basic strategy the same as Mike Apontes?

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  18. Which part of memorizing every possible hand and what to do with them is "basic"?

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  19. 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 ????

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  20. Why do you only have the one chart? Doesn’t the strategy change based on the number of decks and rules?

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  21. is there different basic strategy for a one deck table and a six deck table?

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  22. The 16 hitting that he says is wrong. You always stand at 12 cousse the bank has to lose, NOT you winning!

    !!!!!

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  23. How do I sign up for your boot camp?

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

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  25. 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 *

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  26. 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.

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  27. If one of the deviations of basic strategy is to stand on 16 v dealer 10 on a true count of 0 or higher then for the basic strategy player playing at a continuous shuffler should he always stand on a 16 v 10. i would have to imagine it is very rare that the true count is ever anything except 0 at one of those tables. and if it is anything but zero i would guess it would be in the positive since there would have to be a bunch of little cards come out to actually affect the true count. at the casino i work at we put the cards back in the shuffler right away so with a full table there is never more than i would say 30 cards out in one hand at the very most and that is with a couple people splitting multiple times and drawing multiple cards on each split.

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