Basic Blackjack Strategy

The following table represents the basic blackjack playing strategy.  The "Players Total" represents the Ace that the player is holding, plus the total of the other cards.  The dealers up card is exactly that.  Statistically, these are the best hands to play given a neutral deck.  If the following hands are played consistantly,  then the player will have only a small disadvantage over the house.

Soft Hands

Dealers Up Card 
Players Total 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A,8-10 S S S S S S S S S S
A,7 S D D D D S S H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
Legend: S = stay, H = hit, D = double down

Double Down = Double* the value of your bet and take only one hit.

*Some casinos let you double down on less than the full value of your bet.  Ex: Double down on a $50 bet by only putting up an additional $40 for a total double down value of $90 instead of $100.