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Basic Strategy. What a blackjack neophyte needs is basic strategy. It must be mastered before one goes on to card counting. Basic Blackjack has the most complete explanation of basic strategy available anywhere. Blackjack experts will appreciate Basic Blackjack because of its wealth of information on unusual rules. If you travel to a foreign country and encounter a strange rule, Basic Blackjack likely tells you how to play against the rule and how much you gain from exploiting it. If you play blackjack in the United States and encounter a strange rule or an unusual promotion or a coupon that promises an unusual payback, Basic Blackjack most likely covers the situation. Thus Basic Blackjack belongs in every blackjack player's library, and in every traveling blackjack player's suitcase. All common rules variations are covered in Basic Blackjack. In addition, the book provides strategies and expected values of such exotic rules as naturals paying other than 3:2, bonuses for certain naturals, dealer's two-card twenty-one is not a natural, doubling down on more than two cards, doubling down after splitting aces, doubling for more, redoubling, sacrifice splits, early surrender, surrender after doubling down, surrender after splitting a pair, surrender and get a new hand, dealer takes ties, dealer takes 17-17 ties, dealer takes all ties except 21-21, tie insurance, bonuses for five cards, six cards, or seven cards, coupon for an ace, jokers, push on 22, 22 counts as 21, push on tie over 21, bust box, field bets, over/under, red/black, multiple-action blackjack, royal match bets, and double exposure. Winning Without Counting. Basic Blackjack also explains how to win with basic strategy, reprinting the best parts of the out-of-print classic Winning Without Counting. One chapter explains tells and another chapter explains warps. A chapter entitled "Other Tricks" explains front loading, spooking, what to do if you see the top card, how to encourage and exploit dealer errors, and how to benefit from misplays.