Using Basic Strategy Charts and Cards
Blackjack strategy charts help players decide what action to take in any possible situation during a blackjack game. Charts are read with the players hand listed vertically on the left side of the chart with the dealer’s exposed cards variations listed on the top.
To determine the best course of action, find the value of your hand and of the dealers hand, then follow the lines to see what action the chart recommends. Different actions such as standing, hitting, doubling, splitting and surrendering are usually color coded to make the charts easier to read.
As you use blackjack strategy charts, watch for patterns. The more you use them, the more apparent these patterns will be. After time, you will come to know how to respond to each situation intuitively.
Keep in mind that strategy charts change depending on the rules of the game. Pay close attention to avoid using the wrong chart, as this can reduce your chances of winning.