Blackjack

Single Deck Strategy Chart


      Here is a chart to use when you're playing a single deck game. Single decks provide the best opportunities to get the edge in your favor but you MUST memorize the correct plays. Remember that acronym: EMYMWCYMITLR

      In single deck play, every card that is removed from the deck has a greater effect on the ensuing play than in multi-deck games. Let's say you're playing with two or three other people. You'll probably only get two hands dealt before the dealer will shuffle and start over. On the first hand, all four of the aces come out. Guess what? No more aces in the next hand. Absolutely, positively, zero. But in a four deck game, there will still be 12 aces left. The probability of getting an ace has dropped, but only by about 20 percent.

      It also helps if you're playing third base, the last player to act. You get to see a lot more cards that can help you make decisions on how to bet a hand. Keeping track of the cards, i.e. counting, is much more profitable in a single deck game. Of course, that's why single deck games are hard to find, and those you do find may have some rule changes that hurt your odds.

Dealer's Up Card
Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
5-7  H  H  H  H  H  H  H  H  H  H
8  H  H  H DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
9 DD DD DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
10 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD  H  H
11 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD
12  H  H ST ST ST  H  H  H  H  H
13-16 ST ST ST ST ST  H  H  H  H  H
17-21 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
A,2  H  H DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
A,3  H  H DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
A,4  H  H DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
A,5  H  H DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
A,6 DD DD DD DD DD  H  H  H  H  H
A,7 ST DD DD DD DD ST ST  H  H ST
A,8 ST ST ST ST DD ST ST ST ST ST
A,9 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
2,2 SP SP SP SP SP SP  H  H  H  H
3,3 SP SP SP SP SP SP  H  H  H  H
4,4  H  H SP SP SP  H  H  H  H  H
5,5 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD  H  H
6,6 SP SP SP SP SP SP  H  H  H  H
7,7 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP  H ST  H
8,8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9,9 SP SP SP SP SP ST SP SP ST ST
10,10 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
A,A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP

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