GENERIC BASIC STRATEGY
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Blackjack Generic Basic Strategy
Now I would like to present basic strategy for single exposure, which is blackjack in which the dealer has one card face up for you to see as you are playing your hand.
Basic strategy is what plays you should make if you are not counting cards and you do not have any information about the dealer's hole card. You are presumed to know the total in your own hand and the dealer's upcard, but no other cards.
Then I will explain basic strategy for double exposure, which is blackjack in which the dealer has two cards face up.
Basic strategy is the best way to play a blackjack hand on the first round after a shuffle. For a person who does not count cards, basic strategy is the best way to play every hand.
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Calculating Basic Strategy
Basic strategy can be either total-dependent or composition-dependent.
Total-dependent means the decision rules require only the dealer's card and the total points in your hand.
Composition-dependent means the decision rules require knowledge of the dealer's card and the precise cards that make up your hand.
Total-dependent strategy says stand on twelve against 4.
Composition-dependent strategy for twelve against 4 requires you to specify how you get to twelve: Do you have 7-5, 8-4, 3-2-2-5, or what?
There are few differences between composition dependent and total-dependent strategies for single deck, and none that are important for multiple decks. (The more decks shuffled together, the less difference one card makes). This website uses total-dependent strategy.
The details of basic strategy depend on the particulars of the rules. However, you must start some-place. This chapter presents a version of basic strategy that is approximately correct for the most common sets of rules - a generic basic strategy. For modifications of this generic basic strategy that are appropriate for different sets of rules, see Basic Blackjack.
Blackjack is most commonly played with the dealer's hand showing one card face up. If you are playing blackjack in a game where you get to see two cards face up in front of the dealer before you play your hand, go to page dealing with playing-strategy advice.
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