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Learning Basic Strategy
Basic Strategy Matrix - Developed for a fairly common game (as described in lesson 1): Six decks, double on any first two cards, double after splitting pairs is permitted and the dealer stands on A-6 and surrender is not permitted.
Basic Strategy Matrix shown in the Adobe Acrobat format.
Basic Strategy Decision Chart - This is the Basic Strategy condensed into easy to remember rules for each player's hand, using these rules (as specified in Lesson 1): 6 Decks,S17, DA2, DAS, no surrender.
Basic Strategy Decision Chart shown in the Adobe Acrobat format.
Lesson 2: Memorizing Basic Strategy
Basic Strategy Reconstruction Chart - This link will load the page to your computer, then you can print as many as you wish. You will notice that it is just a "blank" of the Basic Strategy Decision Chart we used in Lesson 1 to create the rules for each of the player's starting hands. The object here is to write in the rule for each hand and then check for accuracy. Time yourself as you do it and see if you can get under 60 seconds with 100% accuracy.
Basic Strategy Reconstruction Chart shown in the Adobe Acrobat format.
Basic Strategy Decision Exercise. - Here I've made up a lot of player starting hands along with a dealer's up card. Use your Basic Strategy Matrix from Lesson 1 to make a "correction copy" and mark it as such at the top. Then, just go down the columns of another copy and fill in the proper play. Use your correction copy to check for accuracy. Speed is of the essence here, so work towards a goal of completing this in under 60 seconds with 100% accuracy. This link will load the page to your computer, then you can print as many as you wish.
Basic Strategy Decision Exercise in Adobe Acrobat format.
Lesson 3: Card Counting: The Basics
Hi/Lo Counting System--Point Values - The Hi/Lo counting system assigns a "point" value to each type of card in a deck. The first step in card counting is to memorize those values. This link will load the page to your computer, then you can print a copy.
Lesson 4: Card Counting: The Tricks
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Lesson 5. Betting With the Count
The Optimum Bet Chart - By using this information, you can determine the optimal bet for any bankroll; just multiply the figure in the last column by the amount of the bankroll. Thus, for a bankroll of $3000, the optimal bet for a true count of 2 is .0038 X $3000 = $11.40. This link will load the page to your computer, then you can print a copy.
The Optimum Bet Chart shown in the Adobe Acrobat format.
Lesson 6. Verifying Your Skills
Multi-card Soft Hands Test - The Answers. This link will give you the proper "HIT or STAND" answers and the reasons for that decision to the 10 questions on the DVD.
Basic Strategy Decision Test. Here is a final test for you to verify your basic strategy skills. A completion time of two minutes is very reasonable. This link will load the test to your computer, then you can print as many as you wish.
Basic Strategy Decision Test shown in the Adobe Acrobat format.
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