Because each casino has slightly different rules for
their version of blackjack
and these rule variations
mean that the player should
sometimes do one thing at
one casino and another thing
at a different casino.
Some casinos allow you to
split your hand once (two
hands maximum) whilst others
allow splitting twice or more
times (three or four hands
In Canberra, Darwin, Alice Springs and Launceston you
can double your bet on any two cards and not just 9,10
If the dealer gets a Blackjack after you've doubled,
casinos with OBBO (original and busted bets only) will
not take the doubled-down wagers you've placed, essentially
saying 'Sorry we got a blackjack, we'll only punish
you a little'. This is of course good for the player.
Basic Strategy for Australian casinos
- Text version
Splits: A's, 8's always except A vs A, 8s vs 10 or
8s vs A in Canberra.
10's, 5's never.
2's, 3's vs 7 or less.
4's vs 5,6.
6's vs 6 or less.
7's vs 7 or less.
9's vs 9 or less but not against 7.
Doubles: (hard totals) 11 vs 10 or less, except 11 vs 9 or less
10 vs 9 or less.
9 vs 3 to 6.
Doubles: (soft totals) Launceston, Canberra,
Darwin and Alice Springs. A,2/3 vs 5,6.
A,4/5 vs 4,5,6
A,6/7 vs 3,4,5,6
Doubles: (soft totals) Casinos other than those
4 above. A,2 to A,6 hit
Other soft totals:
A,7 vs 8 or less stand (except when doubling
at Launceston, Canberra, Darwin and Alice Springs,
as per above.)
A,7 vs 9,10, A hit
A,8 or more stand.
If the dealer has 7 - A: Player draws cards to at least hard 17.
If the dealer has 2 - 6:
Player sits at hard 12 except 12 vs 2 and 3, then player
Do not take insurance or even money for blackjack!