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Hello Again, I recently finished my first month of card counting adventures. This makes the Trainer seem to have somewhat unrealistic outcomes. You can start any time during the shuffle. In other words, if you had a and drew a 3 for an 11, you could double down after the third card was drawn. Hey Ken, its Brutus from the old forums. How should I play it?

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But it is not wise to do so because you will maximize your gain only when you maximize the permissible amount of your double-down bet. Learning the doubling down basic strategy for hard and soft hands is important because it allows you to bet more when the likelihood of winning your hand is good. As you will learn shortly Chapter 4 , the last decision you should make when choosing which strategy to implement with your hand is whether to hit or stand.

The most frequent playing decision that you will have to make is whether to hit or stand. The worst hands you will get at blackjack are hard 12 through In other words, virtually all these hands are overall losers for blackjack players. You are going to be dealt one of these losers about 4 out of every 10 hands. You'll still take your lumps but you'll lose less money in the long run when you follow the basic strategy than if you depend upon divine intervention, or worse, play by the seat of your pants.

The color-coded charts for single deck follow the black and white tables for single deck. In total, there are nine black and white tables and nine color-coded charts containing the summary for hitting and standing for all games and rules. The hitting and standing strategies for hard and soft hands are not affected by DAS or NDAS, only whether the dealer stands on soft 17 s17 or hits soft 17 h Whether or not the dealer stands or hits on soft 17 will depend on the game in question.

In most cases the rule will be printed on the table layout. The most common mistake made by novice blackjack players is to always stand on their stiff hands because they are afraid to bust. Stiff means a hand that can be busted by a one-card draw; for example a hard 12 through Since you know the dealer must hit stiff hands by the rules of the game, you should: Consequently, the percentages are slightly better for: When the dealer shows a 7 through A upcard, there is a strong likelihood she will end up with a pat hand i.

As a general rule, you should never stand on soft 13 through soft You are either going to double down per the doubling strategy summarized in section 2.

Your goal is to get to hard 17 or soft 18 to 21, with one exception. When you hold a soft 18 and the dealer shows a strong 9, 10, or A upcard, the percentages are slightly in your favor to hit rather than stand on soft Oftentimes your soft hand will be converted to a hard hand when you hit.

For example, suppose you have an A-4 and the dealer shows a 7 upcard. You hit and draw a Suppose you are dealt a 12 against a dealer 2 six-deck game with s The percentage of the hands that you stand to win or lose is: Using either strategy, you will be a net loser: So what would you rather do: If a casino offered you this proposition, would you take it? You can play blackjack for the rest of your life and they will give you an automatic 18 on every hand.

Would you accept this proposition? Most players would because they believe that an 18 surely has to be a winning hand in blackjack. This is what makes blackjack a tough and sometimes frustrating game.

You play by the book yet you still end up with a losing session. It happens because for many of the hands you will be dealt, more so the hard hands discussed in this section, you are, unfortunately, the underdog no matter what playing strategy you invoke. Next up are the insurance and even-money propositions. Should you make those bets? They are side bets introduced into the game of blackjack to give the perception to players that they will protect their hand against a dealer blackjack.

Whenever the dealer shows an ace upcard, the dealer will ask the players if they want to make the insurance bet. The amount that the casinos let you wager on the insurance bet is equal to one-half or less of the original bet.

If the dealer ends up with a ten or picture card in the hole:. But here are the facts about the insurance bet. In a single deck of cards, we know that the ratio of non-tens to tens is 36 to Assume, after the cards are dealt on the first round, that the dealer is showing an ace and asks if you want to take insurance. If we ignore for the moment the composition of your two cards, then the ratio of non-ten to tens in the unplayed 51 cards is now 35 to You disadvantage by making the insurance bet is 5.

This is still a bad bet. Some blackjack players argue that you should always insure a good hand like 20 but not a bad hand like the 12, above.

They reason that if you take insurance on a 20, you will avoid losing money on a good hand should the dealer end up with blackjack. Sorry, but no matter how you look at it, Blackjack insurance is a very bad bet for a basic strategy player and should be avoided. Even money comes into play when the dealer shows an ace upcard and you have a blackjack. Notice that will she will pay you even before she looks at her hole card to see if she has a blackjack.

Most players are perplexed when the dealer asks them if they want even money and usually they will ask the dealer or a fellow player for advice on what to do. Even money is equivalent to making an insurance bet when you have a blackjack hand. The fact that players can be paid even money right on the spot regardless of whether or not the dealer ends up with a blackjack appears too good to be true. To convince you what a fool you are for taking even money, let me first convince you that even money is the same as insuring a blackjack hand.

A certain one-unit win is better than no win at all, the reasoning goes, so the masses opt for taking the sure thing — even money. So it all boils down to this — is it better to: The experts in the casino pit say to take the sure even-money payoff, rather than risk the possibility of pushing. But here is the rest of the story. When you are dealt a natural and the dealer shows an ace, the dealer will end up with a ten in the hole for a blackjack 15 times out of 49, or about Written by Henry Tamburin Ph.

Top Menu - Blackjack. Play Now - Online Casino. Top Menu- More Games- Craps. The basic strategy rules for surrendering a hand. The basic strategy rules for splitting a pair. The basic strategy rules for doubling down hard and soft hands. The basic strategy rules for hitting and standing. Insurance and even money. You have and the dealer shows a 3. You have and the dealer shows a You have ace-7 and the dealer shows a 9. You have ace and the dealer shows 4.

You have and the dealer shows a 9. You have and the dealer shows a 7. You have an ace and the dealer has an ace. The dealer asks if you want even money. Should you take it? The casino allows surrender. You have ace-8, and the dealer shows a 6. The rules specify that the dealer must hit soft The word itself has a negative connotation amongst players, and their opinion of the surrender rule goes something like this: Surrender is one of those rare benefits that casinos offer players, so take advantage of their generosity and learn the proper playing strategy for surrender.

When it comes to splitting pairs in blackjack most players are in a fog. They either never split, or they always split, or in the worst case, they recklessly split pairs with no rhyme or reason. Single-Deck Hard Hands but not In a single-deck game, you would double down on a pair of 5s, and sometimes on a pair of 4s. Single-Deck Pairs Single-Deck Doubling Down Colored Chart The following color-coded chart summarizes the basic strategy for doubling hard hands including pairs and soft hands for a single-deck game.

The amount of benefit surrender provides for a counter depends on almost everything that can change in the game, penetration, bet spread, etc. If you need an answer, get some software to check your specific conditions. See Blackjack Surrender Explained. What are they doing to this site? What happened to the original strategy page, where you selected the number of decks and dealer hits or stands on soft 17 etc.? The Strategy Engine is still where it has been for years: I recommend posting this question on the newly re-opened blackjack forums to see if anyone can run a simulation for you with these conditions and betting strategy.

In the short run, if you are lucky you will win. If you are unlucky you will lose. But you always have the best chance by playing correctly. Again, I am sure about my counting and the only thing would be a shallow penetration or software that does not use randomly a full deck of cards.

Or where am I wrong? You would only expect to reach the exact expected end count if you saw every card in the deck. The trainer mimics what you will see in a real casino, shuffling after the end of the hand where the 35th card is dealt in the single deck game.

The deck s are normal, and randomly shuffled. Is that because of penetration or??? I really enjoy your practice platform. I was wondering, can we play online and make money or should we avoid that and only play in casinos? Card counting is not much of an option online, although the possibility does exist in the live-dealer games that a few places offer. The bonuses and promotions can also be profitable sometimes, but these days it is tough to get an actual positive play at online casinos. So it really depends on what you want from the game.

All set now, and back to work. Will you post something in this section when the new version is out? I want to wait and get the latest. In the mean time what book or video do you recommend on winning at blackjack? I have only played about 5 times not counting cards at the casinos on the 21 plus 3 card tables and have had some decent luck, especially the 3 card bet and would like to learn a bit more about that betting too.

Thanks for your practice game, it has been helpful. Things can certainly change quickly. BlackjackInfo has a new owner who took over this month. I know the new team has some excellent resources available for blackjack trainer software.

If you are referring to the other product on this page, Casino Verite is not involved in these changes, and the latest version is available as always at the provided Amazon links. Going to Vegas in Sept. I have basic strategy down. If you plan to count, you will need to look a lot harder to find decent regular shuffled games at that level.

The first thing to check is make sure that blackjack pays 3: Check TI for some decent low-limit blackjack tables, or look downtown. The rules are generally going to be 6 deck or 8 deck, dealer hits soft 17, no surrender. Yes, you are right that Flash is dying.

My development of the new mobile-friendly HTML5 version has been stalled a bit while my family prepares to move this summer. And yes, I get about an equal number of complaints about the game being rigged to be too easy and too hard. Ken, I just jumped on the trainer after a few months absence.

Started reading the comments and noticed that you will be launching a revised version. Any idea of the approximate launch date?

Looking forward to the new version. Thanks again for a great strategy trainer! I will resume development in August, so I now expect a launch in the fall at the earliest. Assuming the same rules, BS, and betting pattern? If prior history is repeated, I will be inundated with emails asking why I made the game so much harder to beat, along with an equal number asking why I made it so much easier to beat!

That would be called luck. What algorithm is used for card shuffling? I think the trainer play along me. When is using late surrender with the dealer ace trainer first offers surrendering instead of insurance. And again I continue to win. May be there is a reason to imitate dealers shuffling, instead of mathematical random shuffling.

You may be right about the surrender issue, although it is possible that the surrender may only work if the dealer does NOT have blackjack.

Is there an iOS app version of this trainer for my iPad? Please email your response. The new mobile-friendly version is coming along slowly. I now think early Summer is the target.

Emailed also as requested. Suggestion for future versions of your Strategy Trainer; ties push, rather than dealer wins all ties….? The current Strategy Trainer works just fine in this regard. Ties are a push. You are being confused by the way the bankroll is adjusted up when the bet is returned to your bankroll, and then down by the bet being made again.

If you happen to look at the wrong moment, you only see the second half of that transaction. It works as it should. Yes, you can play as many spots as you like at the table in Casino Verite. And you can choose to have other spots played by automated players if you like. There is no download for the trainer here. If your device is not compatible with Flash, the current version hosted here on this page will not work. How come when you split Aces and then get another Ace the program will not let you split beyond two hands that is a flaw that needs to be corrected asap.

Yes, there is a problem with split Aces in the current version. A completely new trainer is in development and coming along nicely. Ive been playing on your trainer web getting ready to go to the casino.

I noticed that amount won many times is not added to the total. I thoutht maybe I was making a mistake but after careful watching of several hundred hands I confirmed that to be the case. Kind of makes me wonder if the rest of the software has a problem. Check it out and let me know what gives. No, there is no problem with the paying of winning hands in the free game. The confusion comes from the way that your balance increases after the hand, and then immediately decreases again as the next bet is automatically made.

Many people only notice the second part and think their balance is going down after a winning hand. Single deck, S17, DAS, 15 vs According to your B. What it the correct play? Does the discrepancy have to do with hand composition? The correct strategy is hit. I checked the source for the trainer, and it does appear this is a bug. In 2 or more decks S17 LS, you should surrender 15vT. In 1 deck S17 LS, you should hit. The trainer is inaccurate, only in the one deck version. Thanks for pointing this out.

Another option which might be nice for the next version: Those questions are going to depend on your edge and how willing you are to play with an advantage for these long periods. See my other reply for advice on software or books to answer those questions. Your advantage is going to heavily depend on your bet spread, and the bet ramp.

CVData software , to accurately sim any game and counting system, or the book Blackjack Attack for a ton of pre-figured stats on many games. Something I noticed is that the dealer will still hit even if their first two cards have a greater total than mine and its under No sane dealer in real life would hit when they already have a total greater than yours, right? The dealer must follow the strict rules on hitting, and cannot choose to stand on a stiff total just because he would beat you.

For more, see Blackjack Rules. Thanks for the BJ game. The black letters on the green are a little hard for me to see. Hi, can i use the basic srategy playing rng bj like the one playtech offer in many different online casino, will it have the same effect as playing live casino?

How about an option to turn off the card total display? I have a LONG way to go yet. It would be stellar if the trainer could be configured to only deal the most difficult combinations for the player. The strategy engine on hitorsplit. I was wondering what should a player do if he lost the count of the cards dealt and does the count have to always be exact?

The count does not have to be exact, but there are a few really dangerous mistakes you can make. If for example, you flip the sign, turning a negative count into a positive count, that would make you bet bigger money into bad situations.

Obviously an expensive mistake. If you truly lose all track of where the count is, just flat-bet the minimum until the shuffle. Thank you very much I was also wondering should a player enter the deck just as it has been shuffled and if not how should a player determine a count when there is only half of the deck to start with? You can start any time during the shuffle.

Just think of the cards already in the discard tray as being behind the cut card instead. But everything works just the same. I was also wondering how should a player go about betting when counting say the minimum bet is 2 and the maximum 10 with the bankroll of at what count would you advise to increase bets from the minimum?

Doubling down gives a chance to double the amount of your bet after seeing your first two cards. You mentioned a hand with a total of 10 in the first two cards. For a full explanation of doubling, see Blackjack Rules: Part 3 — Player Choices.

A new question regarding Lucky Lucky. I tried searching it up and apparently the Lucky Lucky LL bet is a profitable game when card counting is taken into consideration apparently 2 deck is best for it. If you are expecting a bunch of face cards to peel off, or blackjacks and the dealer has a 10, you can still win those bets fairly often. Hello Again, I recently finished my first month of card counting adventures. There have been times where I have bet 20 units and lost 80 units from splits and dd.

With your experience, what do you think a general estimated or spread would make hourly in betting units? Hello thanks for previous answers, new question!

I have a relatively small bankroll and comps and match plays really make a huge impact on my future game have not frequented many times yet , but wanted to clarify some thoughts.

Match plays offer a huge boost for low limit players. In fact the edge from coupons will often dwarf the rest of your advantage. Knowing that the probability of the next card being a 10 and more often busting than improving you, should you stand and pray the dealer has 6 or less and take that 10?

Or do you always hit since too many cards improve you and refer to basic strategy? Just always hit 12, 13, and 14 vs Ten. For 12vT and 13vT, the count basically never gets high enough to stand. With 14vT, the appropriate Hi-Lo index would be very high. Stand at 0 or higher. My Advanced cards have very precise indexes for 6 different sets of rules. Just started playing and want to get really good at black jack can u install a cheat such as best times to stay or hit?

So it becomes instinct after playing a few hundred hands. I assume you mean you would like a feature optional of course that shows you the correct play before you make the decision. The trainer already corrects you on mistakes, but I can see how some people may like an option to just see the best play beforehand.

Sort of like learning with flashcards. Sounds reasonable for the new version. I like it like it is. If you add the flashcard type version I hope you would make it an option like choosing how many decks, etc.

If it were permanent I think I would think less before hitting, standing, or doubling down. Can you make an option to get rid of the count? Adding them in my head helps me train. Overall this is my favorite trainer so far.

No firm timeframe yet for the new version, but I know it is months away still. Hey Ken, its Brutus from the old forums. I never tried to play the game with the screen looking like it does. I just thought it looked so much different. I called my son and had him bring up the game, while Im talking to him I hit the play button, it delt the cards. Stupid me , but I like the old screen better. I cant figure how to get rid of that stuff on the right and bring the game over.

I would first check to see if your system can run at a higher resolution. At some point, the sidebar will reposition to below the game. Let me know if either of these ideas works. Another thing to try is the Italian link to the game. Can you describe what you see instead of what you expect? Do you have Flash player installed and running in your browser? You can test that, and see your Flash version number here: I really appreciate the Android app. I asked several months ago when an app for my Samsung tablet would be available.

You promised it was in the works. Thanks for following through. I misunderstood the app link — I thought it was you. I retract all my kudos and return to waiting mode. Got a couple of questions about strategy in such a situation;. Appreciate your help and any rationale you can provide for choices in these situations given the conditions of the table at which I shall be trying my luck. You can get a complete strategy chart for this exact game here: To answer your questions: The answers to 2 and 4 would change with peek, right?

And I do understand how vulnerable all players are with European style no peek. Answers 2 and 4 change with peek. It can be confusing! The next version of the trainer will make more information available about the rule choices. I think there are some flaws in your basic strategy regarding early surrender. The game recommended I surrender with 12 vs a dealer ace.

It also recommended I surrender with a 7 vs an ace. To learn more, see my article Blackjack Surrender Explained. The game has been slow and jerky the last few days. I have a very fast internet connection so I know the problem must be at your end.

Once the current version of the trainer is loaded and running, it runs locally on your machine. Something has to be causing Flash to run slowly on your machine. Note that this will work completely differently in the eventual new version, which will be interacting with the server to provide additional features. Splitting 4s vs a dealer 5 or 6 is better only when the rules allow double after split. If the actual numbers would help, here they are for a 6-deck S17 DAS game: Splitting 44v6 wins 0.

Doubling makes only 0. You mention hitting 13v2, which is not correct. You probably meant hitting 12 against a 2 or a 3 up. Again, just trust basic strategy. With 8,4 vs 2, hitting loses 0. Standing is quite a bit worse, losing 0. Thanks for the feedback. If you could somehow put it into operation, this portal would be even more awesome than it is now. I like the ease of use.

That makes it difficult to not make the same mistake in the future. Also, this form says the email is optional. An explanation of why basic strategy recommends certain plays is on my list of future blog topics, and maybe the new trainer can offer a link to that when it is available.

As for the emails not being optional when leaving a comment, thanks for letting me know! I could never understand this about card counting. If the deck is rich in ten counts and aces…It is said it is too the advantage of the player….. How can it not be advantageous to the dealer if the dealer is drawing cards from the same rich deck? You are correct in thinking that the dealer is just as likely to get those extra face cards and Aces as you are.

But those cards are more valuable for the player for two reasons: If the dealer gets a blackjack, he only wins even money. The dealer therefore busts more often when the deck is rich in face cards. Is this an error in the application or something I myself and missing? I think I see the problem… Ace,6,6,2 is hard 15, not hard Yep, you should hit that against a dealer ten. Chart I generated on the site says to Surrender or Stand with a dealer 10 but on a 9 or ace it says surrender or hit, I think I ran into this problem on this application and I looked at other strategy resources and they say to hit.

So I guess my question is which one is it? You are referring to this chart: Yet almost all other strategy charts including my own plastic cards! In fact, I wrote a whole article about it a year ago… See 16vT: I found a bug while playing this morning.

Split 10s three times. The first hit was a 9 and I stand with a The second hit was an ace and have a 21, but am unable to proceed because the hit and stand buttons are not available.

Thanks for the report. That sounds familiar as a bug.

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