The optimal order of blackjack basic strategy
As previously mentioned, we players have several alternatives to use at our advantage to be able to lower the house edge. All of these alternatives are however not available to use whenever we like and therefore there’s a very important order to follow when playing optimally using basic strategy. Below you’ll find questions that you should ask yourself in every hand you’re dealt, as well as in what order you should be asking them.
Can I/should I use surrender?
If the table you’re playing at is offering the surrender feature, this is always the first decision you should make as it’s only possible to surrender a hand before any other decisions have been made. If the table doesn’t offer the feature or if the answer to the question if you should use it is no, then you should ask yourself the below:
Can I/should I split my hand
This alternative will never be available unless your starting hand is a pair or two cards with a value of 10. When you’re dealt such a hand, you would, however, need to ask yourself if it’s to your advantage to split it or not. If you can’t split or if it isn’t beneficial for you, you should then ask the below question: