strategies have been developed for single deck. 2
deck. 4 deck, 6 deck and 8 deck games with various
rules for each. Although there's not much difference
between any two strategies. having the correct one
for the rules and number of decks you're playing with
can be worth up to a few hundredths percent. The color-coded
chart on the next page applies to 4 through 8 decks
when the dealer stands on soft 17. You can double
down on any first two cards, but not after splits
and you can re-split pairs out to four hands, except
for Aces which receive only one card each.
Although there are 340 hands you can be dealt, the
chart contains only 270 squares. That's because certain
things are assumed to be foregone conclusions. For
example, if you'll never double down with a total
of 8, then it's a forgone conclusion that you'll never
double down with less than 8. Hence, totals of 7 or
less are not on the chart. Also, since you'll always
stand with any hard 17, then you'll always stand with
more than a hard 17.
The next few charts are addendum to the color chart.
They tell you what to do when you're playing with
different rules or numbers of decks. Many casinos
for example, allow you to double down on new hands
that were created by splitting a pair. A classic example
would be when you split two 7's and catch a 4 on your
first 7, then double down with your new 11. If the
house you're in allows "double after split"
(DAS), then there are seven additional pairs that
it becomes advantageous for you to split. The following
chart defines those hands with an "spl"
in the box.
is easiest when you are in late position because it
allows You to preside over the building of your pot.
In late position, your slow-play will most often take
the form of just calling a bet when your hand strength
justifies a raise. And if no one bets, you can still
build the pot by making a bet; this will often be
perceived as a "position bet"-intended to
steal the pot-instead of a sign of strength, which
will attract callers.