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Frank Scoblete's Lucky 13: A Simple Basic Strategy for Blackjack

1 July 2002

Afraid of going to the blackjack tables because you haven't the slightest idea of what to do with your hands? You can cut the house edge to below one percent by using the following "Lucky 13" basic strategy moves.

That's right, by employing these simple 13 decisions you'll face a lower house edge than you would if you were playing slot machines, most video poker machines, roulette, baccarat, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and Caribbean Stud. In fact, you'll face a lower house edge than on almost all craps bets including Pass, Don't Pass, Come, Don't Come.

If you've been afraid to play blackjack -- print this page and take it to the casino. If you find you like blackjack, then you can move on to the complete basic strategies that can be found in the books at the bottom of this page.


Frank Scoblete's Lucky 13:
A Simple Basic Strategy for Blackjack

  1. Always split aces.
  2. Always split eights.
  3. Always stand when you have 17 or more.
  4. Always hit your 12 through 16 when the dealer has an upcard of 7 or more.
  5. Always hit your 12 against a dealer upcard of 2 or 3.
  6. Always stand on your 12 against a dealer's 4 through 6.
  7. Always stand on your 13 through 16 against a dealer upcard of 2 through 6.
  8. Always hit hand totals of 11 or less, no matter how many cards compose them, against all dealer upcards.
  9. Always double on two-card totals of 11 when dealer has an upcard of 10 or lower.
  10. Always double on two-card totals of 10 when dealer has an upcard of 9 or lower.
  11. Always stand on your hands of A7, A8, A9 against all dealer upcards.
  12. Always hit on your hands of A2, A3, A4, A5, A6 against all dealer upcards.
  13. Never take insurance.

For more information about blackjack, we recommend:

Best Blackjack by Frank Scoblete
The Morons of Blackjack and Other Monsters! by Frank Scoblete
Winning Strategies at Blackjack! Video tape hosted by Academy Award Winner James Coburn, Written by Frank Scoblete
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Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

> More Books By Frank Scoblete

Frank Scoblete
Frank Scoblete is the #1 best selling gaming author in America. His newest books are Slots Conquest: How to Beat the Slot Machines; Everything Casino Poker: Get the Edge at Video Poker, Texas Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Pai Gow Poker!; Beat Blackjack Now: The Easiest Way to Get the Edge; Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!; Cutting Edge Craps: Advanced Strategies for Serious Players; Casino Conquest: Beat the Casinos at Their Own Games! and The Virgin Kiss.

Frank and Casino City Times columnist Jerry "Stickman" teach private lessons in dice control. Frank's books are available at Amazon.com, in bookstores or by mail order. Call 1-800-944-0406 or write to Frank Scoblete Enterprises, PO Box 446, Malverne, NY 11565. Frank can also be reached by email at fscobe@optonline.net.

Frank Scoblete Websites:

www.goldentouchcraps.com
www.goldentouchblackjack.com

Books by Frank Scoblete:

Casino Craps: Shoot to Win!

> More Books By Frank Scoblete