Basic Strategy Card

A "Basic Strategy Card" is a reference card that helps twenty-one players make optimal decisions while playing using basic strategy. Cards are typically easy to read tables that tell a player if it is best to hit, stand, split, double down or surrender for every possible hand combination. Laminated strategy cards can be found and purchased in many casino gift shops, or our cards be printed for free from your computer. The vast majority of casinos allow players to reference a card while playing, but if you are unsure you should consult your dealer.

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Basic Strategy Card

Reading the Strategy Card:

A dealer's upcard is listed along the top row. A players hand is listed in the left column showing hard hand totals, soft hand totals, and splittable hands.

To use the card:
1) find the intersection between your hand and the dealers card.
2) Decipher the entry using the key.
3) Follow the recommended action.

H- Hit
S - Stand
P - Split

D - Double if allowed, otherwise Hit
Ds - Double if allowed, otherwise Stand

H/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Hit
S/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Stand
D/P - Split if double after split is allowed, otherwise Double

H/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Hit
P/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Split
S/R - Surrender if allowed, otherwise Stand

Other Game Variations:

Blackjack is played in casinos all over the world and ther are hundred of possible game variations. These printable basic strategy cards should cover the vast majority of twenty-one games.

Not sure about a particular rule or game variation? Ask about it in ourSide Bets and Game Variations forum.

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Posted by Jacob2 on 08/26 at 12:32 PM

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Who Owns What in Las Vegas?

Casino ownership in Las Vegas is very concentrated with MGM Mirage and Caesar’s Entertainment own 20 of the 31 casinos on the strip.  Lets take a look at some of the biggest players in Las Vegas:

MGM Mirage

- Aria

- Bellagio

- Circus Circus

- Excalibur

- Luxor

- Mandalay Bay

- MGM Grand

- The Mirage

- Monte Carlo

- New York - New York

- Slots-A-Fun

Caesar’s Entertainment (Formerly Harrah’s Entertainment)

- Bally’s Las Vegas

- Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall

- Caesars Palace

- Flamingo Las Vegas

- Harrah’s Las Vegas

- Imperial Palace

- O’Sheas Casino

- Paris Las Vegas

- Planet Hollywood

- The Rio

Barrick Gaming

- Gold Spike (Downtown)

- Plaza (Downtown)

- Vegas Club (Downtown)

- The Western (Downtown)

Boyd Gaming

- California Hotel and Casino (downtown)

- Eldorado Casino(off-strip)

- Fremont Hotel and Casino (downtown)

- Gold Coast (off-strip)

- Jokers Wild Casino(Henderson)

- Main Street Station (off-strip)

- Orleans Hotel and Casino (off-strip)

- Sam’s Town (off-strip)

- Sam’s Town Gold River (Laughlin)

- Suncoast Hotel and Casino(off-strip)

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- Aliante Station

- Barley’s

- Boulder Station

- Gold Rush Casino

- Green Valley Ranch

- Fiesta Henderson

- Fiesta Rancho

- Lake Mead Lounge

- Magic Star

- Palace Station

- Renata’s Casino

- Red Rock Resort

- Santa Fe Station

- Sunset Station

- Texas Station

- The Greens Cafe

- Red Rock Casino

- Wildfire Boulder

- Wildfire Casino

- Wildfire Lanes

- Wild Wild West

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Posted by Jacob on 09/15 at 03:24 PM
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Here are 10 things you should avoid doing at a Casino:

1) Don’t try to buy in or cash out while a game is in play. Wait until between hands after the dealer has paid out any bets from the previous round. Ask for change and place your cash or chips on the table, rather then handing them directly to the dealer.

2) Don’t make a mess out of your chips. When making a bet, do not splash all your chips out on the table; gently place your ships on the table in a stack. When betting with chips of mixed denominations, stack your chips so that the highest denomination is on the bottom and the lowest is on top. Doing so makes it easier for dealers to count your chips, give proper change, and keep an eye out for cheaters that may be trying to “top off” a bet.

3) Don’t drink too much. We are all out to have a good time, but know your limit so you aren’t having fun at the expense of others. Drunk people tends to slow games down, make annoying conversation, and kill the overall mood at a table.

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5) Don’t forget to tip your dealer, EVEN IF YOU LOSE. Most dealers, like many other service based industries, make minimum wage + tips. My general philosophy is to tip 2/3 based on service, and 1/3 based on my winnings (if any).  Not tipping a dealer because you lost is the equivalent of not tipping a perfectly good waitress/waiter because you didn’t like the flavor of the soup that you ordered.

6) If you smoke cigarettes, try to be respectful of others around you. Extinguish an dispose of your butts in an ashtray, and exhale smoke upward rather than towards the other players and dealers around you.

7) Don’t forget to use hand signals. Casinos are loud and noisy places and it may be hard for a dealer to hear what you want to do. Hand signals are easy to interpret, and can be reviewed by video footage if there is a question about a particular play.

8) For games in which cards are dealt face up, don’t touch them. In games which you are allowed to touch the cards, only do so with one hand. Touching the cards with multiple hands is a signal to the casinos that you may be trying to cheat by bending or “marking” specific cards in the a deck.

9) Don’t berate a player for the way the played their hand. Blackjack players are particularly notorious for doing so, thinking that “unnecessary hitting” throws off the game by disrupting the order that cards are dealt. While this may be true, unconventional plays are just as likely to positively influence a game as they are to negatively influence it. Besides, players who blame others for their losses should not be gambling in the first place.

10) Resist the urge to give unsolicited advice. Not everyone is interested in playing “basic strategy” and they have every right to play their own game, even if it may not be an optimal strategy. Let people make their own fun.

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Posted by Jacob on 09/10 at 12:56 PM
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Posted by Jacob on 05/04 at 03:27 PM

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Posted by Jacob on 03/18 at 05:25 PM
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Iron Cross Betting: This involves that you will win on any number except a seven being rolled. It requires a bigger bankroll and you will not want your money exposed for very long, maybe 3 or 4 hits and then take it all down or change your bet to a smaller place 6|8 bet. Here is how to do it.

After a point is established (important, it will not work on the come out) Place 34 dollars in the Come Box and tell the dealer "Place the 6|8 for 12 dollars, Place the 5 for 10 dollars". Then you will need to put another 5 dollars on the field box. Here are the results below

2 = +10
3 = +5
4 = +5
5 = +9 (you will win 14, but lose the field -5, replace the field bet)
6 = +9 (you will win 14, but lose the field -5, replace the field bet)
8 = +9 (you will win 14, but lose the field -5, replace the field bet)
9 = +5
10 = +5
11 = +5
12 = +10 or +15 (depends on double or triple table)

7 = -39 (it wipes out everything)

You can see why you would only want it out there on 3 or 4 rolls as the 7 wipes you out, but you can use this to win some money and then turn around and remove all your bets and then place a smaller bet with your winnings like a six dollar 6|8. Statistically, it isn't the greatest betting system with a 3.24% house edge, but Iron cross betting is great for players who like lots of action and want to win frequently.

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