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If you play in a region that offers single-deck Online Blackjack Games, you'll want to brush up on the following strategy variations. Playing multiple-deck basic strategy in a single-deck game costs about 0.2% of your long-term expectation. That's not a huge amount, and if you usually play in multiple-deck games you might not want to bother adjusting for an occasional venture into single-deck. But if you play a lot of single-deck, you'll want to get it right.

  • Player has 11: Double-down against Aces as well as all other dealer up-cards.
  • Player has 9: The difference comes when the player shows a 2. In multiple-deck you hit; in single-deck, double down.
  • Player has 8: Double down against 5 and 6.
  • Player has Ace-8: Double down against 6. Stand against all else.
  • Player has Ace-7: Stand against an Ace, unless the dealer hits soft 17. In that case, hit against the Ace.
  • Player has Ace-6: Double against 2 through 6.
  • Player has Ace-3 or Ace-2: Double against 4, 5, or 6.
  • Player has 2-2: When doubling after splits is not allowed, split against 3 through 7 in single-deck. Otherwise, follow the same strategy as in multiple-deck games.
  • Player has 3-3: If doubling after splits is permitted, split against 2 through 8 in single-deck games.
  • Player has 4-4: If doubling after splits is permitted, split against 4 through 6.
  • Player has 6-6: If doubling after splits is permitted, split against 2 through 7; if not, split against 2 through 6.
  • Player has 7-7: If doubling after splits is permitted, split against 2 through 8. Also, stand against a 10 in a single-deck game.
So there you have it-the basics of basic strategy. To become a true master at this game, you must master the art (science?) of counting cards.
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What kind of flop could endanger A-A?
Any flop with a pair of high cards, such as K-K-6 or Q-Q-7, because people tend to play starting hands that contain high cards. Similarly, a flop like 9?-0?-J? spells big trouble for A?-A? ; there are so many straight possibilities, flush possibilities, and two-pair possibilities that your aces are probably worthless if either you face many opponents or get re-raised once or twice by a lone opponent. Someone is bound to hold a hand that fits together with this well-coordinated board.

When you are a complete hold'em rookie, you have to absorb a large amount of information before you play well. You're trying to learn about how your own starting hands fit together with different flops, how long to stay with a hand, what kinds of hands are likely to be in there against you, and much more. Free online games are a good place to get a feel for this.
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