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Basic Strategy – Step by Step

Posted by blackjackguru on June 16, 2009

Basic Strategy Wins More Casino ChipsLearning Basic Strategy (BS) is like learning Defence in sports. It minimizes losses and puts you in the best position to beat the game in the long run. BS is the most important foundation of an Advantage Player’s skills. When you use BS, you keep the casino edge to within one half of one percent of all the wagers placed over the long run. Each misplayed hand raises the house edge and you lose more money in the long run.

You might have noticed at this point an unsettling fact: even playing BS perfectly, you will lose more hands than you will win. That is why learning BS is defensive only. It is why even strong players will lose to the house if they only learn BS and then stop learning. Later, you will learn how to play Offence – through Card Counting.

Only about 1 percent of blackjack players know and use BS 100% accurately. All other players will lose much more than 1/2 percent to the casinos over the long haul. The normal hold on a blackjack table can reach 10% or more in the Casino’s favor. Don’t be a loser!

How long does it take to learn basic strategy?

Learning Basic Strategy will take about a few hours of study to master. It is the hardest single thing you will learn about blackjack. It is more difficult than counting, or any other advanced aspects of the game. But it is the foundation of all proper play.

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