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Advanced Card Counting: Blackjack Strategy Deviations

In Blackjack, Basic Strategy is the series of decisions that a player adheres to so that they can incur the minimal loss of funds over time.  It tells the player when the appropriate time to stand, hit, double down, split and if applicable when to surrender (this where the player surrenders half of their initial bet to the casino).  These actions are determined by computer simulation, and decision points become firm at around 400 million hands.  However; in certain situations it becomes necessary to deviate from this strategy to gain maximum profitability over

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Nicholas Colon
July 18, 2016

How to Play a Pair of 7s in Blackjack

Which strategy you should invoke depends upon what the blackjack dealer’s upcard is, the number of decks of cards being used, whether double down after pair splitting is allowed, and whether surrender is offered.
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Henry Tamburin Ph.D
October 31, 2017

Blackjack’s Unwritten Rules

Although the game of blackjack has “written rules” there are also unwritten ones that you usually won’t find in casino brochures; over time, they have become the modus operandi for blackjack players. What follows are some tips to help you avoid a potentially embarrassing situation.
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Henry Tamburin Ph.D
March 28, 2018