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Blackjack Strategy

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Blackjack Strategy

I have an opinion that if I am betting with MATCH play, I do not like to double down because even if I win my double my match coupon is not payed double. Also I have a better chance of winning if I do not double since getting only one card when doubling is a be restriction. What do you think, experts?

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1. Re: Blackjack Strategy

I don't care how skilled a player is. If you don't take advantage of splits and double-downs when appropriate.. the grind will eat you alive. You have to trust the math behind basic strategy. I love the excitement of splitting and double down after splitting. It gets the adrenaline going!

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Darren I agree that one must use doubling and splitting to gain an advantage and I do. However, basic strategy does not consider MATCH PLAY COUPONS! When doubling with MATCH PLAY coupons the fact that if you do win the double you do not get paid double for your MATCH PLAY coupon and the reason you double is that you will be paid double your bet, which you don't with the match play coupon and now you are restricted to only one card.

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3. Re: Blackjack Strategy

Ok Mike thanks

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I would say to take the match play coupon to a craps or mini baccarat table if it is for more then you feel comfortable betting and backing up with further bets. The pass line bet in craps and bank or player bet in mini bac are only slightly worse than a basic 3/2 blackjack bet and you never have to bet more.

If you buy in for $200, use a $25 match play coupon and get dealt some 8s split the 8s get another 8 resplit it get some 2s or 3s and double down three times you have $150 on the table. If you get lousy cards after that and the dealer gets to 21 you are down to $50 from the start. I have had six bets out there more than once and I don't play that much blackjack so it's not rare.

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5. Re: Blackjack Strategy

I would love to see some other opinions on this!

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As far as using basic basic strategy goes, The match play should not effect how you play the game, just give you a bonus if you win the bet. Only card counters and people playing in a blackjack tournaments should deviate from basic strategy when it's appropriate.

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7. Re: Blackjack Strategy

Your right Pearl. Always double when it calls for it match play or not.

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8. Re: Blackjack Strategy

Here's another (similar) opinion on this:

The amount you bet doesn't affect the way cards come out. When basic strategy calls for doubling, it's because you're likely to win more often than you lose in that specific situation. The expected value of basic strategy is reliant on doubling when called for. You need to get your money on the table when the odds are in your favor, match play or not. Not doubling is forfeiting your best opportunity to the house.

For an obvious example, when the dealer has a 6 showing and you have 11, you want to double for more, not less! Of course they won't allow you to double for more, but you want to bet as much you can and hope the cards come out in your favor. The match play (which pays you extra if you win but costs you nothing if you lose) is just delicious gravy on top of an already advantageous situation. Just as you would if you weren't playing with a matchplay, you should also double in other situations which are not as strong as 11 vs. 6 but which still call for doubling.

As for not being allowed to double the coupons, just put the money out there and see if it gets pushed back. On a busy night, an inattentive dealer might not remember (or even know in the first place -- casino promotions are difficult for dealers and pit bosses to keep track of) not to allow you to double the coupon. Once the cards are dealt, it's too late to refuse the bet -- call gaming if you win and they try not to pay the coupon double. I double the coupon every time and let the dealer tell me if I can't. In my 20+ years of gambling experience, I've successfully doubled plenty of coupons with no pushback.

The house edge at blackjack is among the lowest in the casino. However if you're not comfortable risking money when the getting is good, you give the house a meaningfully greater edge. So double your bet AND the coupon when basic strategy calls for it! Make sense?

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I try to play doubledeck, hate the shoe, but basic strategy is similar. For sake of discussion, never take insurance . If you can't split because of a limit on re-splitting, then look up your hand as a hard total.

If you play a mixture of six-deck games, some where the dealer hits a soft 17, and some where he stands, and you only wish to memorize one strategy, I would recommend you memorize the one where the dealer stands on soft 17. The cost in errors due to playing the wrong strategy is 2.3 times higher playing a stand on soft 17 game, with the hit on 17 strategy, than vise versa. Always split aces and 8s. Never split 5s. Split 2s and 3s against a dealer 4-7, and against a 2 or 3 Split 4s Split 9s against a dealer 2-6 or 8-9.

Split 6s against a dealer 3-6, Split 7s against a dealer 2-7. Double hard 9 vs. dealer 3-6. Double hard 10 except against a dealer 10 or A. Double hard 11 except against a dealer A.Double soft 13 or 14 vs. dealer 5-6. Stand on hard 12 against a dealer 4-6, otherwise hit. Stand on hard 13-16 against a dealer 2-6, otherwise hit. Always stand on hard 17 or more. Always hit soft 17 or less.Stand on soft 18 except hit against a dealer 9, 10, or A.Always stand on soft 19 or more.

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Well said, Johnny V. Although I found a basic strategy mistake (if I'm reading it correctly) on 4,4. You're only supposed to split 4's against a dealer 5 or 6 and only if you can double down after splitting (DAS). This no DAS rule can be found at CET double deck and Boyd casinos downtown (but fortunately not at Orleans or Gold Coast). No DAS adds .13 to house edge.

Back to Match Play: if the goal is to only play one hand of something and walk away without any worry about investing more money, I'd suggest mini-baccarat as the best single bet. It has a higher house edge than 3:2 blackjack, but not doubling or splitting gives the casinos a 2.58 percent advantage.

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