I’m going to Vegas in a couple weeks, and I’m trying to memorize the basic strategy for Blackjack. I bought a book on the subject, but part of it seems to be contradictory. It reads:
Player’s hand, 8: Hit against everything
Player’s hand, 9: Double against 3 thru 6, Hit against all else
Player’s hand, 10: Double against 2 thru 9, Hit against 10, A
BUT, then the author says, “How many cards compose a given hand is essentially irrelevant except for splitting or doubling down purposes. For example, if you have a nine composed of two cards (e.g. 4, 5), you would double down against any dealer up card of three through six. If you had a nine composed of three cards (e.g. 4, 2, 3), you would hit until you had twelve or more. Thus, if the dealer is showing a six and you have three cards that total nine, you would hit… any hand which is eleven or under, no matter how many cards compose it, hit until you reach twelve or more and then follow basic strategy for that hand.”
So, what’s the deal? How can I reconcile the basic strategy chart with this additional, seemingly contradictory information?