Hi, first post on this forum so here goes!!
I�ve been playing blackjack for around 2 month now with further practice before that of around 2 month also. I�ve been strictly sticking to basic strategy and I�ve been doing ok generally being up 25% of my stake every time i play lasting around 2-3 hours.
Last night however I was playing as usual and the woman next to me began giving me tips on not hitting on 15 or 16 if the dealer has above 7, going the complete reversal of BS. It was obvious this woman was a regular at the casino as she knew all of the regulars and the croupiers, and she was doing well using the method she used.
The table was full and I was in first bay and her reasoning for standing on h16/h15 when the dealer had 7, 8, 9 or 10 was that its better to stay in the game by standing on a low total in the hope that the dealer gets the 4 or 5 which I would have needed to get a good hand, and then he would draw again to go bust. I am failing to understand this with a table full, surely that would apply to last base if that were true. Also she said never split a pair of 9�s contrary to what I have read!
Obviously this woman had played a lot of hands and knew her game which put my mind in doubt of my learnt methods, being relatively new to this art!
Am I missing something, or should I continue to play basic strategy and progress to counting? Help!!
Oh and here�s the rules for this particular casino.
It is possible, for an additional wager equivalent to your existing bet to �Double Down� on a hand total of 9, 10 or 11. It is possible, for an additional wager equivalent to your existing bet, to split any pair with the exception of 4�s, 5�s or 10�s. This can be done continuously.
All the best