A “Basic Strategy Card” is a reference card that helps twenty-one players make optimal decisions while playing using basic strategy. Cards are typically easy to read tables that tell a player if it is best to hit, stand, split, double down or surrender for every possible hand combination. Laminated strategy cards can be found and purchased in many casino gift shops, or our cards be printed for free from your computer. The vast majority of casinos allow players to reference a card while playing, but if you are unsure you should consult your dealer.
Reading the Strategy Card:
A dealer’s upcard is listed along the top row. A players hand is listed in the left column showing hard hand totals, soft hand totals, and splittable hands.
To use the card:
1) find the intersection between your hand and the dealers card.
2) Decipher the entry using the key.
3) Follow the recommended action.
S - Stand
P - Split
D - Double if allowed, otherwise Hit
Ds - Double if allowed, otherwise Stand
H/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Hit
S/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Stand
D/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Double
H/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Hit
P/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Split
S/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Stand
Other Game Variations:
Blackjack is played in casinos all over the world and ther are hundred of possible game variations. These printable basic strategy cards should cover the vast majority of twenty-one games.
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