A basic strategy is to only make a “call” bet if your hand is A-K-J-8-3 or better and to fold otherwise. The idea of this strategy is that this hand is the lowest break-even hand in the game.
The following table shows a strategy of when to make the “call” bet which will further cut the house edge from the above strategy but only by a very small amount.
Dealer’s Exposed Card
Pair of 8’s-A’s Any Yes
Pair of 7’s 7,6,5,4,3,2 Yes
Pair of 6’s 6,5,4,3,2 Yes
Pair of 5’s 5,4,3,2 Yes
Pair of 4’s Any Yes
Pair of 3’s Any Yes
Pair of 2’s Any Yes
A-K-Q-J-X Any Yes
A-K-Q-X-X A, K, Q, X, X If Dealer’s card matches any card in your hand
A-K-J-X-X A, K, J, X, X If Dealer’s card matches any card in your hand
A-K-10-X-X A, K,10, X, X If Dealer’s card matches any card in your hand
X represents any unpaired, non-sequential, non-suited cards.
Do not routinely place a “call” bet on every hand, as the dealer will have a qualified hand approximately 56% of the time. Follow the basic strategies listed above and you will improve your chances of winning.