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# In Today's Casino How To Play Pro Blackjack

By: Matt Mcgraw

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Knowing in today's casino how to play Pro Blackjack can give you an advantage. Blackjack is one of the only casino games where--played correctly--actually becomes a game of skill.  In fact, by finding certain tables and utilizing a simple basic strategy, the player can actually gain an edge of .1 percent over the house.

The ideal table for Pro Blackjack will utilize a single deck of cards, require the dealer to stand on all 17s, and still pay 3:2 on a blackjack.  Tables with these rules are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  However, in Vegas and certain other cities, it is still possible to find such tables.

Basic strategy works because the dealer is always going to show you one of his cards when you play Pro Blackjack.  With this information, the player can, therefore, make an educated guess as to the probability of eventual outcomes.

According to basic strategy of Pro Blackjack, the player should always :

1. Hit if the total value of his cards is 8 and under regardless of the dealer's up-card.
2. Double down if the total value of his cards is 9 and the dealer shows a 3, 4, 5, or 6.

3. Hit if the total value of his cars is 9 and the dealer shows a 2 or 7 or higher. Double down if the total value of his cards is 10 and the dealer shows a 2 through 9.

4. Hit if the total value of his cards is 10 and the dealer shows a 10 or an ace. Double down if the total value of his cards is 11 and the dealer shows a through 10

5. Hit if the total value of his cards is 11 and the dealer shows an ace.

6. Hit if the total value of his cards is 10 and the dealer shows a 10 or an ace.

7. Double down if the total value of his cards is 11 and the dealer shows a through 10.

8. Hit if the total value of his cards is 11 and the dealer shows an ace.

9. Hit if the total value of his cards is 12 and the dealer shows a 2, 3, 7, or higher.

10. Stand if the total value of his cards is 12 and the dealer shows a 4 through a 6.

11. Hit if the total value of his cards is 13 through 16 and the dealer shows a or higher.

12. Stand if the total value of his cards is 13 through 16 and the dealer shows a 2 through 6.

13. Stand if the total value of his cards is 17 through 21 regardless of the dealer’s card.

14. Hit on a soft 18 if the dealer shows a 9, 10, or ace.

15. Double down on a soft 18 if the dealer shows a 3 through 6.

16. Always split Aces.

17. Split 2s or 3s only if the dealer shows a 4, 5, 6, or ; otherwise hit.

18. Never split 4s.

19. Never split 5s but double down if the dealer shows a 2 through 9; otherwise hit.

20. Split 6s if the dealer shows a 3, 4, 5, or 6; otherwise hit.

21. Split 7s if the dealer shows a 2 through 7; otherwise hit.

22. Always split 8s.

23. Split 9s if the dealer shows a 2 through 6, 8, or 9; stand if the dealer shows a 7, 10, or ace.

24. Never split 10s.

Posted on: Jun. 26, 2010