BLACKJACK INTERMEDIATE STRATEGY


Once a player has learned how to use the basic strategy and has gained enough experience by practising it, he or she is ready to start using other things that may give him an advantage over the casino. Blackjack is a very dynamic game, and the basic strategy is not flexible enough for experienced players and therefore the player cannot take full advantage of the special situations that appear in the game. Here comes our intermediate blackjack strategy to help you take advantage of more aspects of the game and to make the casino edge even smaller. One more thing - with our intermediate strategy, players need to start doing wager management while with the basic one, they had to bet one and the same amount on every deal on the table.

The first special situation in the blackjack that the basic strategy cannot take advantage of is when you get an Ace in your hand. Having an Ace in your hand makes it soft because the Ace is valued either 1 or 11 which is an additional advantage. If a player knows how to use it and what to do with his soft hand, he will, definitely, have better chances to win.

Most of the players are superstitious and their superstitions influence their decisions - how to bet, what amounts to wager, which seat to take and etc. More experienced blackjack players do not count on superstitions, instead, they stick to the intermediate blackjack strategy which tells them exactly how to act and helps them win more often. In certain situations it is appropriate to raise your bets so that you may take better advantage of the situation. For example, if you are on a winning streak, you will want to raise your bet untill you see that a losing streak is coming, whereas, with our basic blackjack strategy players need to bet one and the same amount on every deal because they haven’t gained the needed experience to recognize the right moment and to decide when they may raise the amount of their bets. That's why it is very important, if you are a beginner player, to stick to the basic strategy.

Another important thing is the choice of a seat on the table. The decisions of the player who takes the last seat may influence all the players on the blackjack table and they may suffer from his wrong decisions. Let’s say that the player on the last seat decides to hit instead of standing. He may get a face card, get busted and this way let the dealer get the low card and make his hand winning.

 

DEALER SHOWING
P
L
A
Y
E
R

S
 
H
A
N
D
  ACE 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
A A P P P P P P P P P P
10 10 S S S S S S S S S S
9 9 S S P P S P P P P P
8 8 P P P P P P P P P P
7 7 H H H H P P P P P P
6 6 H H H H H H H H H H
5 5 H H D D D D D D D D
4 4 H H H H H P P H H H
3 3 H H H H P P P P P P
2 2 H H H H P P P P P P
17+ S S S S S S S S S S
16 H H H H H S S S S S
15 H H H H H S S S S S
14 H H H H H S S S S S
13 H H H H H S S S S S
12 H H H H H S S S H H
11 H D D D D D D D D D
10 H H D D D D D D D D
9 H H H H H D D D D H
8- H H H H H H H H H H
A 9 S S S S S D D D D D
A 8 S S S S S D D D D D
A 7 H H H S S D D D D D
A 6 H H H H H D D D D H
A 5 H H H H H D D D H H
A 4 H H H H H D D D H H
A 3 H H H H H D D H H H
A 2 H H H H H D D H H H

H – Hit    S – Stand    D – Double    P - Split


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