A shuffle through the gaming mailbag:
Q: I’ve been able to play blackjack for money online during the shutdown, and it’s been really helpful to have a basic strategy card right there while I play. No more mistakes! It’s helping me learn, too. On the hands that have always seemed like close calls to me, I remember the right play before I look a lot more often than I used to.
Some of the plays still seem unnatural to me. When I have hard 16 and the dealer has 7, I know I’m going to lose more than I win regardless of hitting or standing. It seems like the dealer would bust pretty often with 7 and that maybe I should leave the risk to the dealer, but basic strategy says I should hit just like I should hit against 10, when the dealer would bust less often.