He must continue taking cards until his total is at least Many skilled players use a strict system based on statistical probability to determine the ideal times to double down. These could technically be counted but there are several significant disadvantages that make this difficult or not worth the player's time:. When you use this rule, however, you are only allowed to draw one more card per bet. The table limits in blackjack vary from one casino to the next—both in land-based and online gambling casinos.
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The Blackjack Strategy Trainer is a free blackjack game that teaches basic strategy while you play. You select the exact rules that you want, and the Strategy Coach warns you if you make mistakes. We have moved the new mobile friendly version here. If you really want to get serious about beating blackjack, you need serious training software.
It runs on Microsoft Windows everything from Windows XP up to the latest version at the time of this writing, Windows You can set up virtually any card counting system, with your own tags, index numbers, and strategies.
You can practice against the specific rules, system, and conditions that you will face in the casino. This software has evolved over many years incorporating feedback from some of the best players in the world. It is quite simply the most extensive and complete blackjack training software available anywhere. Get your copy now: At least with it set to a 2 deck game. Nope, the engine and the game are exactly correct.
In a 2-deck game where you can DAS, you should split 7s against a dealer 8. That the Earth is flat. That water has a memory and homeopathy is legit.
That half the politicians in Washington are reptile aliens that have assumed human form. It just goes to show, someone out there is self-assured they know some great truth, no matter how ridiculous it is. You can also confirm this with the independently developed CA software available for free here: All of these sources agree. When DAS is available, in 1 or 2 decks, splitting 7s vs 8 is correct basic strategy.
For the record, the Hi-lo index is Split at -1 or better. Just got into this blackjack interest after reading the blackjack life by N. Any good software like CV out there for Mac? It is designed to teach us hard lessons and allows no room for gambling as you would at the casino. While there are rules that use the odds it allows no room for streaks, and ultimately causes you to lose if you gamble at all.
If you use the coach you will ultimately lose in the end if you make a single mistake. This blog was… how do you say it? Question about black jack what if the dealer sees the player has over 21 which was the case in my situation and I had 15 and I hit and got an ace and i stayed. Is it the same??? The dealer cannot vary strategy.
He hits until he has 17 or higher, and then stands. The only exception is that many casinos have the dealer hit a soft 17 as well. Do not understand your question. So what is it you had over 21 or 16? The dealer must pick up ones chip if they bust making over In your case hitting 15 and catching an ace gives you 16 which is not over The goal playing blackjack is to not bust your hand but to get close to 21 as possible.
This also depends on how many high cards have been played. This software seems really biased. Did anyone have the same issue? Or the software is rigged? I am surprised at so many comments that sound so professional, but how naive so many players are. The odds are against you from the start and yes you can practice and count cards all you like, but lady luck always, always wins.
If you play long enough the chance of you losing actually becomes less likely than you getting hit by a car or dying on your way to the casino. Am I ready to take on the casino? I started at I won 23 lost I did lost most of my bigger bets but I got some double downs and I as well won my smaller ones to build up to the back and forth with the same until I got a few momentum. I never went back to base and was down over at a time.
I lost most of my bigger bets. I lost the most double downs I had lost so far. I lost majority of my bigger bets and I lost most of the double downs. I as well only went to max bet I as well had a few blackjacks and the dealer had some blackjacks.
You played 49 hands. I won 14 hands and lost I as well lost my double downs so that is why I was down so much money just on a short sample. I am nobody in the gambling the world and seen as a fool but under new supervision I have decided to put more research and depth into blackjack. Now I have so much negative experience putting my money on the tables and watching it exchanged for plastic cheques.
Seeing my pile grow from its existing and watching it dwindle upon consecutive losses. What I do have to offer is some data and thoughts to think about for anyone who choses to read my comment. You should read this: It becomes literally impossible for you to win if you play enough hands because of the law of large numbers.
Which is this http: I absolutely agree but at the same time you are not looking at the overall negative play on the game itself and how to use it to your advantage. I have won 7 hands out of I am of course down money and actually.
I am as well at the mark of betting. Each of your bets have a Regardless of how you wager it. Your method would do just as well in roulette. Raising your bet or lowering it based on whether you win or lose is bullhonkey. Hopefully Tum can have the new developers take a look.
In the meantime, have you tried another browser? This sounds like a memory allocation issue, and another browser may behave differently. My question is , when playing against 6 decks, with late surrender offered, dealer must stand on soft 17, what is your surrender strategy, including a pair of 8s. I made a mistake. I would have only posted one time and just played more hands but I was getting beaten so bad I thought I might run out of chips if I go through another down swing when a hot deck comes.
That spread is definitely sufficient to beat this game. I no longer have a copy of Blackjack Attack handy to look up the effect. If you want insurance, you put an insurance bet in its bet circle before you click on the continue arrow. Since I sold the BlackjackInfo site in , I am not involved in the development of the new version of the trainer.
Your best bet may be posting on the message forums, where your comments are more likely to be noticed. It used to tell me I should split a pair of 7s against a Every so often I see some ridiculous error in it.
We are actually looking to revamp the trainer at some stage in the future too so your feedback and suggestions are appreciated! Wish you would modify the program to allow you to select a counting method from a few popular ones and them display the true count somewhere on the screen. I use KO while playing this and it would be helpful if I knew how accurate I was counting. Am I looking like I have an edge over the game or is this sample size too small to be meaningful? If so, you are doing very good.
But it would be best to make a judgement after more hands have been played, such as 10K to 20K. I stopped playing because once you start playing enough hands the program starts to get slow. Thank you for providing such a nice training game, it is very informative and a valuable training tool.
I do find the screen difficult to see as the contrast seems to be on the weak side. Other than that one minor issue your game is excellent. Hi i have just started playing blackjack and i am doing fair your basic strategy game is a wonder. I am new to this Blackjack world, but have played around the world. Right now I live in Germany so I have many casinos in many countries to play. The casinos in Europe they use the same basic rules though they are smaller compared to U. Reminds me of the old days when people dressed up or like a James Bond movie, really cool to see.
I forgot to mention I have noticed on a second hit it sends two cards not one, The game also freezes up and at times gets really slow after so many hands. I have enjoyed your Blackjack Trainer and I have learned enough to say it has helped me become a better player. You probably already know this, but as good as the Trainer is, it has a few fawls. Such as when a high card appears just about every time like clockwork it equals This makes the Trainer seem to have somewhat unrealistic outcomes.
I would like this because I was playing the App and stayed on 16 vs a dealer 10 in a high true count and it said my play was wrong. I think this would be a cool addition. Can someone post the correct basic strategy deviatons for a hard 10? Someone please correct me if I am wrong. I noticed the trainer looked different and saw that it had been updated. No, you are likely being confused by the way it pays the bet and then rebets the same amount.
I know that my question may be silly, but I am looking for simple methods to win, the casino give us a lot of possibilities and it confuses. The worst blackjack rule give more opportunities than other games. Which rules are best? Winning balance always goes the line of sinusoid.
Thought you should know. See notes from others as well. This new version has bugs. Playing 6D, H17, LS. I made sure the new site owners are aware of these comments. So with Ace,7 vs a dealer 5, you would double.
With 3,4,Ace you would stand, because doubling is not allowed after you hit. Same situation on the I-pad version and the I-Mac desktop version, inability to hit the second hand after splitting..
Sometimes when I split aces I only receive one card on the first ace and no card on the second ace. Just wondering if anyone else is getting errors such as these. Now that the message boards are reopened, these kinds of questions will get faster and more accurate answers there. I too find the white border glaring and gives me a headache. Needs to be toned down or different color softer on the eyes. Your trainer is the best out there that I have been using these past 30 years. It amazes me to see soo many players play by the seat of their pants having not a clue what they are doing.
CVCX is a slightly less expensive option that handles many simulation questions. While this improvement is small, every little bit helps. For a card counter, surrender is considerably more valuable for several reasons.
The amount of benefit surrender provides for a counter depends on almost everything that can change in the game, penetration, bet spread, etc. If you need an answer, get some software to check your specific conditions. See Blackjack Surrender Explained. What are they doing to this site?
What happened to the original strategy page, where you selected the number of decks and dealer hits or stands on soft 17 etc.? The Strategy Engine is still where it has been for years: I recommend posting this question on the newly re-opened blackjack forums to see if anyone can run a simulation for you with these conditions and betting strategy.
In the short run, if you are lucky you will win. If you are unlucky you will lose. But you always have the best chance by playing correctly. Again, I am sure about my counting and the only thing would be a shallow penetration or software that does not use randomly a full deck of cards. Or where am I wrong? You would only expect to reach the exact expected end count if you saw every card in the deck.
The trainer mimics what you will see in a real casino, shuffling after the end of the hand where the 35th card is dealt in the single deck game. The deck s are normal, and randomly shuffled.
Is that because of penetration or??? I really enjoy your practice platform. I was wondering, can we play online and make money or should we avoid that and only play in casinos? Card counting is not much of an option online, although the possibility does exist in the live-dealer games that a few places offer. The bonuses and promotions can also be profitable sometimes, but these days it is tough to get an actual positive play at online casinos.
So it really depends on what you want from the game. All set now, and back to work. Will you post something in this section when the new version is out?
I want to wait and get the latest. In the mean time what book or video do you recommend on winning at blackjack? I have only played about 5 times not counting cards at the casinos on the 21 plus 3 card tables and have had some decent luck, especially the 3 card bet and would like to learn a bit more about that betting too. Thanks for your practice game, it has been helpful. Things can certainly change quickly. BlackjackInfo has a new owner who took over this month.
I know the new team has some excellent resources available for blackjack trainer software. If you are referring to the other product on this page, Casino Verite is not involved in these changes, and the latest version is available as always at the provided Amazon links.
Going to Vegas in Sept. I have basic strategy down. If you plan to count, you will need to look a lot harder to find decent regular shuffled games at that level. The first thing to check is make sure that blackjack pays 3: Check TI for some decent low-limit blackjack tables, or look downtown.
The rules are generally going to be 6 deck or 8 deck, dealer hits soft 17, no surrender. Yes, you are right that Flash is dying. My development of the new mobile-friendly HTML5 version has been stalled a bit while my family prepares to move this summer. And yes, I get about an equal number of complaints about the game being rigged to be too easy and too hard.
Ken, I just jumped on the trainer after a few months absence. Started reading the comments and noticed that you will be launching a revised version. Any idea of the approximate launch date? Looking forward to the new version. Thanks again for a great strategy trainer!
I will resume development in August, so I now expect a launch in the fall at the earliest. Assuming the same rules, BS, and betting pattern? If prior history is repeated, I will be inundated with emails asking why I made the game so much harder to beat, along with an equal number asking why I made it so much easier to beat! That would be called luck. What algorithm is used for card shuffling? I think the trainer play along me. When is using late surrender with the dealer ace trainer first offers surrendering instead of insurance.
And again I continue to win. May be there is a reason to imitate dealers shuffling, instead of mathematical random shuffling. You may be right about the surrender issue, although it is possible that the surrender may only work if the dealer does NOT have blackjack. Is there an iOS app version of this trainer for my iPad? Please email your response. The new mobile-friendly version is coming along slowly.
I now think early Summer is the target. Emailed also as requested. Suggestion for future versions of your Strategy Trainer; ties push, rather than dealer wins all ties….? The current Strategy Trainer works just fine in this regard. Ties are a push. You are being confused by the way the bankroll is adjusted up when the bet is returned to your bankroll, and then down by the bet being made again.
If you happen to look at the wrong moment, you only see the second half of that transaction. It works as it should. Yes, you can play as many spots as you like at the table in Casino Verite.
And you can choose to have other spots played by automated players if you like. There is no download for the trainer here. If your device is not compatible with Flash, the current version hosted here on this page will not work. How come when you split Aces and then get another Ace the program will not let you split beyond two hands that is a flaw that needs to be corrected asap.
Yes, there is a problem with split Aces in the current version. A completely new trainer is in development and coming along nicely. Ive been playing on your trainer web getting ready to go to the casino. I noticed that amount won many times is not added to the total. I thoutht maybe I was making a mistake but after careful watching of several hundred hands I confirmed that to be the case. Kind of makes me wonder if the rest of the software has a problem. Check it out and let me know what gives.
No, there is no problem with the paying of winning hands in the free game. The confusion comes from the way that your balance increases after the hand, and then immediately decreases again as the next bet is automatically made. Many people only notice the second part and think their balance is going down after a winning hand.
Single deck, S17, DAS, 15 vs According to your B. What it the correct play? Does the discrepancy have to do with hand composition? The correct strategy is hit. I checked the source for the trainer, and it does appear this is a bug.
In 2 or more decks S17 LS, you should surrender 15vT. In 1 deck S17 LS, you should hit. The trainer is inaccurate, only in the one deck version. Thanks for pointing this out. The dealer will then move the cards above the cut card to the back of the stack. This technique is intended to demonstrate to the players that the dealer cannot have rigged the deck. The cut card is then reinserted into the stack of cards by the dealer at a pre-defined position and when this card is reached this indicates the final deal of the game before the cards are shuffled.
Where multiple decks are used, after the shuffle the cards will be placed into a dispenser called a shoe. This piece of equipment has two purposes: In fact hole carding is not illegal in the vast majority of jurisdictions. If the dealer is poorly trained or sloppy enough to fail to protect their down card from being seen by a player at the table this is not the player's fault and the player is not obliged to look away to prevent themselves seeing the down card. If however the player uses any form of device, for instance a metal lighter to observe the reflection in, or an accomplice off table signals the information to them, this is cheating.
Hole carding is only legal where the player can see the card naturally from one of the player positions at the table. When playing Blackjack the numeral cards 2 to 10 have their face values, Jacks, Queens and Kings are valued at 10, and Aces can have a value of either 1 or The Ace is always valued at 11 unless that would result in the hand going over 21, in which case it is valued as 1.
A starting hand of a 10 valued card and an Ace is called a Blackjack or natural and beats all hands other than another Blackjack. If both the player and dealer have Blackjack, the result is a push tie: Each player sitting at the table places their desired bet in the betting circle directly in front of them. In most casinos if there are untaken betting circles, the players sitting at the table can choose to play more than one hand at a time.
The minimum and maximum bet size varies from casino to casino, generally with a ratio of 40 to between them. Once the bets are placed the dealer will move their hand across the table from their left to their right signalling that no further bets can be placed. The dealer then deals cards one at a time clockwise around the table, from the dealer's left to the dealer's right: In many places the dealer's first card is initially dealt face down. The dealer's second card is used to flip the first card face up and then slid underneath the first card.
The exact dealing protocol varies from place to place as determined by the casino management. If the dealer has a 10 or an Ace face up players are offered the option to place an Insurance bet. If a player chooses to take insurance they place an additional bet equal to half of their original bet. This insurance bet wins if the dealer has Blackjack.
The dealer now checks their down card to see if they have Blackjack. If they have Blackjack they expose their down card. The round is concluded and all players lose their original bet unless they also have Blackjack. If a player and the dealer each have Blackjack the result is a push and the player's bet is returned.
Any insurance bets are paid out at 2: If the dealer does not have Blackjack any insurance bets are lost and any players who have Blackjack are paid. It is then the turn of the remaining players to take their actions. Starting with the player sitting furthest to dealer's left they have the following options:. The player can take this action after any of the other player actions as long as their hand total is not more than The hand signal to Stand is waving a flat hand over the cards.
Hit — If the player wishes to take another card they signal to the dealer to by scratching the felt beside their hand or pointing to their hand. A single card is then played face up onto their hand. If the hand total is less than 21 the player can choose to Hit again or Stand. If the total is 21 the hand automatically stands. Double Down — If the player considers they have a favourable hand, generally a total of 9, 10 or 11, they can choose to 'Double Down'. To do this they place a second wager equal to their first beside their first wager.
A player who doubles down receives exactly one more card face up and is then forced to stand regardless of the total. This option is only available on the player's two-card starting hand. Some casinos will restrict which starting hand totals can be doubled. Where the player chooses to do this the cards are separated and an additional card is dealt to complete each hand.
If either hand receives a second card of matching rank the player may be offered the option to split again, though this depends on the rules in the casino. Generally the player is allowed a maximum of 4 hands after which no further splits are allowed.
The split hands are played one at a time in the order in which they were dealt, from the dealer's left to the delaer's right. The player has all the usual options: A player who splits Aces is usually only allowed to receive a single additional card on each hand. Normally players are allowed to split two non-matching value cards, for example a King and a Jack. If Aces are split and the player draws a Ten or if Tens are split and the player draws an Ace, the resulting hand does not count as a Blackjack but only as an ordinary In this case the player's two-card 21 will push tie with dealer's 21 in three or more cards.
Surrender — Most casinos allow a player to surrender, taking back half their bet and giving up their hand. Surrender must be the player's first and only action on the hand. In the most usual version, known as Late Surrender, it is after the dealer has checked the hole card and does not have a Blackjack. After all players have completed their actions the dealer plays their hand according to fixed rules.
First they will reveal their down card. The dealer will then continue to take cards until they have a total of 17 or higher. This rule will be clearly printed on the felt of the table. If the dealer busts all non-busted player hands are automatically winners. If a player wins a hand they are paid out at 1: If the player has Blackjack they are paid at 3: This effectively results in a push overall for the hand.
In some casinos the players' initial two-card hands are dealt face down. All additional cards dealy to the player are given face up. The initial cards are revealed by the player if the hand goes bust, or if the player wishes to split a pair.
Otherwise the dealer reveals the cards at the end of the round when it is time to settle the bets. This style of game is rare nowadays: Dealer's second card is dealt after all players have acted, and the dealer checks for Blackjack at this point. Player Blackjacks are paid at the end of the round if the dealer does not have Blackjack.
If the dealer has Blackjack the rules regarding Doubled and Split hands vary from casino to casino. Some casinos will take both bets while others will only take the initial bet and return the other. It should be noted that some casinos have started to offer a reduced payout on Blackjack, most commonly 6: This is very bad for the player, increasing the House Edge significantly. Any game offering a reduced payout on Blackjack should be avoided by players. The maximum number of hands that can be created by splitting depends on the rules in the casino: When splitting 10 value cards, not all casinos will allow players to split non-matching 10 cards.
For instance, in some casinos you could split two Jacks but could not split a King and a Jack. Also, some casinos will limit which card ranks can be split. House rules will dictate whether the player is allowed to Double after splitting, and whether a player who splits Aces is allowed to receive more than one additional card on a hand.
A few casinos may offer Early Surrender in which the player can take back half of their bet and give up their hand before the dealer checks for Blackjack. This is very rare nowadays. In European style games There is normally no Surrender option.
If Surrender were offered it would of course have to be Early Surrender. The side rule is rarely offered. When it is in effect, a player who collects a hand of five cards two cards plus three hits without going bust is immediately paid even money, irrespective of the dealer's hand.
Blackjack can be played at home, rather than in a casino. In this case a fancy Blackjack table is not needed: Unless the players have agreed in advance that the host should deal throughout, to ensure a fair game the participants should take turns to be the dealer.
The turn to deal can pass to the next player in clockwise order after every hand or every five hands or whatever the players agree. If playing with a single deck of cards, it is desirable to re-shuffle the cards after every hand. Nightclubs and pubs in Sweden often offer a Blackjack variant that is less favourable to the players.
All the essential rules are the same as in the casino version unless the player and dealer have an equal total of 17, 18 or