# How to Win at Blackjack without Counting cards?

Published Date · July 30, 2019 · Last Updated · June 9, 2023 ·Read Time · 4 mins

The card counting strategy is a popular strategy many gamblers use to increase their chances of winning when playing blackjack. A skilled card counter can have an advantage play of 0.5% to 1.5% house edge, which is profitable in the long run. The card counting strategy is so popular, but that isn’t the only basic strategy to beat blackjack. Here are two basic strategies you can use to beat the dealer and always win in blackjack without counting cards.

## Hole Carding

As you already know on the blackjack table, one of the dealer’s card is usually facing down called the hole card. The dealer, however, peeks at the hole card to determine if she has a blackjack. Now, the hole carding is a strategy, where you identify what the dealer’s hole card is and adjust your plan accordingly.

Determining the hole card is at times tedious; this is because the dealers have been trained extensively to hide the hold card. Players often, peek at the hole card by paying attention to the dealer’s hand when she checks the hold card. Sitting at the right side of the table also helps. After seeing the hole card and you notice your chance of winning is high you can raise your bet to win more. However, if you can determine the hole card, you can use the following basic strategy in the chart below:

Dealer’s hand
Hit Until Sof
Hit Until Hard
Double Down
split
Hard 20
20
20
-
-
Hard 19
19
19
-
9
Hard 18
18
19
-
2, 3, 7, 8, 9*
Hard 17
17
18
-
2, 3, 5, 7, 8
Hard 16,15,14
12
18
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 ACE-2, ACE-3, ACE-4, ACE-5
All pair except 5-5
Hard 13
12
18
7, 8, 9,10,11 ACE-2: ACE-9
All pair except 5-5
Hard 12
12
18
8, 9, 10, 11 ACE-2:ACE-9
All pair except 5-5
Hard 11
15
18
-
ACE
Hard 10
16
19
11
ACE*
Hard 9
17
19
10,11
ACE, 8, 9
Hard 8
17
18
10,11
ACE, 7, 8, 9
Hard 7
17
18
10,11
ACE, 2, 3, 7, 8
Hard 6
12
18
9,10,11
ACE, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9*
Hard 5
13
18
10, 11, ACE-2:ACE-8
ACE, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
Hard 4
14
18
10, 11, ACE-6:ACE-7
ACE, 7, 8
Ace 9
20
20
-
-
Ace 8
19
19
-
9
Ace 7
18
19
-
2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Ace 6
17
18
-
2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Ace 5
13
18
9, 10, 11, ACE-6, ACE-7
ACE, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
Ace 4
13
18
10,11
ACE, 7, 8
Ace 3
14
18
10,11
ACE, 7, 8
Ace 2
15
18
10,11
ACE, 7, 8
ACE-ACE
16
18
11
ACE, 8