Blackjack Cheat Sheet


Using a blackjack cheat sheet is a good way for beginners to learn the ins and outs of the game. The blackjack cheat sheet shouldn’t make your decisions for you but it can be a great reference to see statistically what your best move would be. Not all blackjack tables abide by the same set of rules. Some combinations will have different recommendations depending on the rules of your table. Make sure you know what these rules are before consulting the cheat sheet. The blackjack cheat sheet below is for Vegas USA blackjack, with 4 or more decks, and a dealer that stands on a soft 17. This is basic blackjack strategy at its most general, adaptable to many common rule variations. The first column represents your first two cards. The top row represents the dealer’s upcard.
_ 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Ace
8 or lower H H H H H H H H H H
9 H DD DD DD DD H H H H H
10 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD H H
11 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H XH H
16 S S S S S H H XH XH XH
17 or higher S S S S S S S S S S
Ace,2 H H H DD DD H H H H H
Ace,3 H H H DD DD H H H H H
Ace,4 H H DD DD DD H H H H H
Ace,5 H H DD DD DD H H H H H
Ace,6 H DD DD DD DD H H H H H
Ace,7 S DS DS DS DS S S H H H
Ace,8 S S S S S S S S S S
Ace,9 S S S S S S S S S S
2,2 SH SH SP SP SP SP H H H H
3,3 SH SH SP SP SP SP H H H H
4,4 H H H SH SH H H H H H
5,5 DD DD DD DD DD DD DD DD H H
6,6 SH SP SP SP SP H H H H H
7,7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
8,8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
9,9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
Ace,Ace SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
H Hit
S Stand
DD Double Down
SP Split
SH Split if allowed to double after split, if not then hit
DS Double if allowed, if not then stand
XH Surrender if allowed, if not then hit