The Blackjack Quiz

You have now completed the quiz. Here are the answers: YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular games or place any particular wager. A player who uses a seat-of-the-pants playing strategy will often bust more than this. If you discount ties, you will win on average 47 percent of your hands and lose 53 percent.

Question 2

How well will you do in this true or false challenge?

One time out of every seven hands b. Two times out of every seven hands c. Three times out of every seven hands. The dealer busts about 28 percent of the time, or about two times out of every seven hands. Unlike a player bust, the dealer often wins when she busts, because players who act first and bust automatically lose this is how the house has a built-in edge in blackjack.

The 28 percent is an average over all possible dealer upcards. In fact, the dealer will bust significantly more times when she shows a 2 through 6 upcard about 42 percent with a 5 or 6 upcard , and much less with a 7 through Ace upcard with an Ace, it's only 17 percent after checking for a natural. Because the dealer's chance of busting is higher when she shows a small upcard, you should not risk busting a 12 through 16 stiff hand and should always stand with two exceptions: However, when the dealer shows a strong upcard from 7 though Ace and has a much lower risk of busting, you should be more aggressive and hit your stiff hands until your hand totals 17 or more even if it means you risk busting.

About 43 percent of the time you'll be holding a 12 through 17, and the only way you can win is if the dealer busts, or you improve your hand. So any time you hold a 12 through 17 it's bad news and you should expect to lose. In fact, approximately 85 percent of your financial losses occur with these hands.

The best you can do when you are holding a 12 through 17 is to play your hand optimally using the basic playing strategy to minimize your losses. The dealer will have a ten four times out of 13, or roughly 31 percent of the time. The remaining 9 out of 13, or 69 percent of the time, the dealer won't have a 10 in the hole. When you make the insurance bet, you are betting that the dealer has a ten in the hole when she shows an Ace.

In other words, you lost more than you won. Therefore, it's wise to never make the insurance bet. Most players are surprised at the tiny one percent edge that card counters have over the house. Oftentimes, depending upon the game and the card counting system being used, the card counter's edge is even less. With an edge this small, it means in the short run, luck will play a great role in the fortunes of a card counter, even though he will show a profit in the long run.

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For details on the Golden Touch Blackjack course visit www. You have now completed the quiz. A good starting point would be our Blackjack Strategy Guide. This is one of the worst situation to be in. Should you double down after splitting the 9s? You are allowed to split when your cards match each other and sometimes when the cards are equal in value. As a general rule, you should always split Aces and 8s. By doing so you will always win more in the long run.

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You must sign in or sign up to start the quiz. Results 0 of 10 questions answered correctly Your time: You are welcome back anytime to take our quiz. Question 1 of Correct Basic strategy says you should always split aces, no matter what the dealer upcard is. You should always split a pair of 9s if the dealer gets a 7.

If you are dealt a 16 and the dealer has a face card. What should you always do? Correct This is one of the worst situation to be in. Correct Basic strategy says that you should never double down on 9 if the dealer shows a 7 or higher. Always take Even Money on a blackjack hand when the dealer up card is an Ace.

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