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Blackjack basic strategy quiz

13 May 2008

It's been a while since I've popped a quiz, and a while since I've delved into blackjack basic strategy. See if you know the best way to play the following five hands, all among the most-often misplayed hands in the game.

For all hands, assume a six-deck game in which the dealer stands on all 17s, you may split and resplit any pair except aces, which you may split only once, may double down on any first two cards, and may double down after splitting a pair.

1. You have a pair of 8s. The dealer has a 10 face up.

A. Hit.
B. Stand.
C. Split the pair.

2. You have a 9 and a 7. The dealer has a 7 face up.

A. Hit.
B. Stand.
C. Hit if the dealer has been hot, stand if the dealer has been busting a lot.

3. You have an ace and a 7. The dealer has a 10 face up.

A. Hit.
B. Stand.
C. Double down.

4. You have a 7 and a 5. The dealer has a 2 face up.

A. Hit.
B. Stand.
C. Stand if you're sitting at third base, hit from any other position.

5. You have an ace and a 6. The dealer has a 7 face up.

A. Hit.
B. Stand
C. Double Down

Check this site for the answers in a few days.

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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

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John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

> More Books By John Grochowski