Lesson 17: Testing Variations

The GameMaster’s Blackjack School

Lesson 17: Test Yourself at the Basic Strategy Variations

By putting my classes up on the internet, I know I’m reaching a much larger audience than I ever had while teaching classes in person, but I do miss the ability to see how you all are doing in learning the material. In my ‘in-person’ classes, I always tested my students to gauge their progress and thus determine how effective my teaching methods are. We can’t do that here, but I want you to test yourself with the methods I’m going to show you, if for no reason other than the fact that it will build your confidence when you see how much you really know. Much like we did when learning proper basic strategy, you should first complete one copy of the test directly from the material I taught in order to give yourself an answer sheet to use when correcting subsequent tests.

This test just asks you to ‘fill in the blanks’ with the correct index number from -2 to +10. Print as many copies of this as you’d like.

Dealer’s Up Card2345678910A
Player’s Hand A,2HH______HHHHH
Player’s Hand A,3HH____DHHHHH
Player’s Hand A,4HH__DDHHHHH
Player’s Hand A,5HHHDDDHHHH
Player’s Hand A,6HDDDDHHHHH
Player’s Hand A,7__DDDDSSHH__
Player’s Hand A,8SS______SSSSS
Player’s Hand A,9SSS____SSSSS
Player’s Hand 8HHH____HHHHH
Player’s Hand 9____DDD__HHHH
Player’s Hand 10DDDDDDD__HH
Player’s Hand 11DDDDDDDDD__
Player’s Hand 12________SHHHHH
Player’s Hand 13__SSSSHHHHH
Player’s Hand 14SSSSSHHHH__
Player’s Hand 15SSSSS__________
Player’s Hand 16SSSSS__________
Player’s Hand 17 or moreSSSSSSSSSS
Player’s Hand 2,2PPPPPPHHHH
Player’s Hand 3,3__PPPPPHHHH
Player’s Hand 4,4HHH____HHHHH
Player’s Hand 5,5NEVER SPLIT; TREAT AS ’10’
Player’s Hand 6,6__PPPPHHHHH
Player’s Hand 7,7PPPPPPHHHH
Player’s Hand 8,8PPPPPPPP__P
Player’s Hand 9,9PPPPP__PPS__
Player’s Hand 10,10SSSSSSSSSS
Player’s Hand A,APPPPPPPPPP

THIS MATRIX ASSUMES DOUBLE AFTER SPLIT IS PERMITTED AND ALSO ASSUMES THAT YOU DON’T CHOOSE TO SPLIT 10s.

Homework

Start on this and try to do one a day for the next two weeks.

See you here next time.

As always, if you have any questions, e-mail me at [email protected] and Ill get back to you ASAP.

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