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Blackjack Strategy

Before discussing strategy, let us go through some numbers that can be quite helpful. For starters, we will discuss the bust probabilities for each hand total. This will enable players to optimize their game to the fullest by knowing the percentage of busting if they ask for one more card.

- If players get a hand total of 11 or below, the percentage is equal zero.
- If players get a hand total of 12 or below, the percentage is equal 31.
- If players get a hand total of 13 or below, the percentage is equal 39.
- If players get a hand total of 14 or below, the percentage is equal 56.
- If players get a hand total of 15 or below, the percentage is equal 58.
- If players get a hand total of 16 or below, the percentage is equal 62.
- If players get a hand total of 17 or below, the percentage is equal 69.
- If players get a hand total of 18 or below, the percentage is equal 77.
- If players get a hand total of 19 or below, the percentage is equal 85.
- If players get a hand total of 20 or below, the percentage is equal 92.

From these numbers, players can find out when they should stand and when they should hit. Players who get a hand total between 2 and sixteen should generally hit and get another card. If they get a hand total that is more than 17, they should stand.

Of course, players will have to take the showing card of the dealer into consideration. The next set of numbers shows the dealers chance of busting according to the facing up card.

- Ace (11.65%)
- 10/Face Card (21.43%)
- 9 (23.34%)
- 8 (23.6%)
- 7 (25.9%)
- 6 (42.08%)
- 5 (42.89%)
- 4 (40.28%)
- 3 (37.56%)
- 2 (35.30%)

Putting these numbers into consideration, as well as the previous ones, will help players decide whether they should hit or stand.
 

Besides hitting and standing, players should also know when to split and when not to split:

- When players get Aces or 8 cards, they should always split. There is a big chance to get hand total that is closer to twenty-one when you hit on these two cards.

- Players should never split 10, 4 or 5 cards, regardless of the up card of the dealer. Splitting in these scenarios will put you in the danger of busting.

- Players should split 7, 3 and 2 cards if the dealer is showing a card between a 2 and a 7. If the value of his card is 8 or over, you should hit instead of splitting.

- Players should split 6 cards if the dealer is showing a card that has a value between 2 and 6. If the value of his card is equal to 7 or over, you should hit instead of splitting.
 

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