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Blackjack Training Software (Free!)
Basic 4 pack card Strategy

Blackjack - Basic Strategy

Full Game practice

This is a FREE Blackjack training strategy program, designed for you to practice till you get it totally off pat so you can walk into a casino and operate it without thinking.




Dealer Total

Your bank

Hand 1 Total


Hand 2 Total


General Rule

Specific Rule

Test On/Off

Test Score

The program starts in 'Test is Off' or learn mode, for you to learn what to do in each situation. When you click 'Test is Off' it hides the advice, so you can practice without advice. It scores you 1 point if you play correctly and subtracts 10 points if you get it wrong and tells you what you should have done.

To start off, click 'Deal'. It will then deal a hand, you can then Double/Split/Hit or Stand as you wish.

To move to test mode, click 'Test is Off', It will then display 'Test isOn'. It will now keep track of your winnings, and also your score of how correct or incorrect your play has been.

The advice is below to read at any time. The advice will appear for each hand dealt and what to do with them as the hand progresses. This method will reduce the casinos take to an absolute minimum (approx. 0.07 though don't quote me, might be lower might be higher!).

Naturally you want to have it so off pat, that you don't need to read the advice, but if you read and think for each hand, you'll soon have it off by heart.

The program is designed to practice the following scenario:-

Six decks of cards, if you have blackjack, i.e. 21 with an Ace and a Ten, you are paid straight away with odds of 3-2 as long as dealers card is not an Ace. (In which case you are offered an Insurance bet (which basic strategy says don't take, so the program don't offer it ).


You can split any pair other than 4's, 5's and 10's (i.e. you CAN split Ace's 2's, 3's 6's, 7's, 8's and 9's. That is you split your pair and place an equal bet on the 'new' hand.

Doubling down:-

You can double down if your first two cards total 9,10 or 11. That is you add an equivalent bet and take ONE more card only.If your count is equal to the dealer, your bet stands and you can take you bet back.

(With the program you CAN double and split on any hand the above is what the strategy is aimed at.

The Basic Blackjack Strategy

22 Split against dealers 2,3,4,5,6 and 7 (you take another card against anything else).
33 Split against dealers 2,3,4,5,6 and 7 (you take another card against anything else).
44 Hit
55 Double down against dealers 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 (you take another card against anything else).
66 Split against dealers 2,3,4,5 and 6 (you take another card against anything else).
77 Split against dealers 2,3,4,5,6 and 7(you take another card against anything else).
88 Split.
99 Split against dealers 2,3,4,5 and 6 also against 8 and 9 (you take another card against anything else)
10,10 Stand.
Ace Ace Split.

Hard Totals
If your total is:- 5,6,7 or 8 Hit.
9: Double down if dealer has a 3,4,5 or a 6.
10 Double down if dealers 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9 .
11: Double down against dealers 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 or 9.
12: Stand against dealers 4,5 or 6 (take a card against anything else).
Your total is 13,14,15 or 16 stand against dealers 2,3,4,5 or 6.
Your total is 17,18.19 or 20 Stand.

Soft Totals

You have:- Ace 2, or A3 or A4 or A5 or A6 (13-16) you hit. (Take another card)
Ace 7: Stand against dealers 2,3,4,5,6,7 or 8.
with A8 or A9 (19 or 20) Stand.


In short


2's and 3's Split 2-7.
4's Hit
5's Double 2-9.
6's Split 2-6.
7's Split 2-7.
8's Split.
9's Split 2-6 and 8 and 9.
10's Stand.
AA Split.

Hard Totals
5,6,7 or 8 hit.
9 Double 3-6.
10 Double 2-9.
11 Double 2-10.
12 Stand 4-6.
13,14,15,16 Stand 2-6.
17,18,19 or 20 Stand.

Soft Totals
A2-A6 Hit.
A7 Stand 2-8.
A8 and A9 Stand.

Best of luck!


The program itself uses one 52 card deck and shuffles for every hand dealt. This is NOT what the strategy is for though. The program is to train you in how to play with a 4 to 6 deck pack as used in casinos. Its designed teach and practice the basic strategy. For practice it doesn't make any difference. Which in short means that you should do Better in a real casino.

I might make one for playing with a 52 card deck, though I'm not aware of any casinos the do that so not a lot of point. Further I've no idea how the online blackjack casinos work.

30-6-10 corrected the split 8's wrong on the test bit.