Originally Posted by

**KJ**
Basic strategy was not designed nor based on anyone doing anything, as far as other players, as a matter of fact I would say just the opposite. A good basic strategy player will play the same way regardless of how others play. How other players...wait what....other players? (long running community joke), but how other players play has zero effect on basic strategy.

Basic strategy is simply the optimal play for each situation based on the very limited amount of data, like the rules and number of decks for each particular game. It is a starting point for optimal play based only on rules and no other data of remaining cards to be played. And once you get into more advanced areas like card counting, tracking, sequencing, or shuffle tracking, where you have additional information about the remaining cards, then the optimal play for each situation changes and you may have departures from this starting point of basic strategy.

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