Teaching basic blackjack strategy

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        Hi,

        I have a friend who I am trying to teach basic blackjack strategy. However, I have great trouble explaining to him why he should not split 10s or double on an 8 against a 7. Nothing seems to work, not the internet tables, not mathemathical models, not simple common sense. Can you tell me if you know of any way of convincing him of his gross lack of intelligence, so that he accepts the way?

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        I have made some rough calculations and found out that when you hit until 17 with 8 against 7, you have 55,6% equity in the hand, while if you double on an 8 against 7, you have 46,7% equity which is the equivalent of 43,6% equity because of the twice higher stake.

        Is that correct?
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        This seems to be correct. Doubling on 8 doesn't make much sense anyway and actually you can find all the percentages for the strategy chart already calculated on the internet. These numbers are useful only when playing Blackjack switch, in order to know which hand is better, other than that I would stick to basic strategy chart rather than doing the calculations yourself.
        Oh, and as for your friend I would just drop the topic, it's sad to see people loose money but what can you do? Just play your own game right

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