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Basic Strategy for Tourist

We've established that advantage players need to choose good games and follow basic strategy. Now it's time for basic strategy. This first set of rules is ultra-simplified at the cost of some expectation.

Never stand on hard 11 or less (obviously).
If dealer shows 2 to 6, stand on hard 12 or higher.
Hit hard 12 to 16 against dealer 7, 8, 9, ten, ace.
Hit all soft hands up to soft 18.
Double with 10 and 11 against everything but ten and ace.
Always split aces and 8s.
Split 2s, 3s, 6s and 7s against 2 to 6.
Never split 4s, 5s or 10s.
Surrender 16 against 9, 10, ace.
Surrender 15 versus 10.
Never insure.



The beauty of online poker games is that on the surface it is a game of utter simplicity, yet beneath the surface it is profound, rich, and full of subtlety. Because online poker games basic rules are so simple, anyone can learn online poker games in a few minutes, and novice players may even think they're pretty good after a few hours. From the expert's point of view, the veneer of simplicity that deludes so many players into thinking they're good is the profitable side of the games beauty. It doesn't take long for pool players or golfers to realize they're outclassed and to demand that a match be handicapped, but losers in online poker games return to the table over and over again, donating their money and blaming their losses on bad luck, not bad play
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