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.
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
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.
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