What to do when the dealer hits soft 17
Blackjack played with only 1 deck of cards is a variant which is pretty popular in a lot of casinos around the world. In it the dealer hits on a soft 17. In the initial deal of a single deck Blackjack game, the player’s hand is placed face down. If he hits or requests any additional cards these will be dealt face up.
Blackjack is not a game based on luck alone; a lot of strategy can go into it. That is why you have to learn the basic strategy of the game, whether you want to become a professional gambler or just want to spend an evening at a casino and have fun.
In the game of Blackjack, “soft 17” refers to a hand that consists of a Six plus an Ace. A “hard 17” is made up of a Seven plus a Ten, Jack, Queen or King.
In some versions of the game the dealer hits on a soft 17. In other versions the dealer stands on either soft or hard 17. This rule will usually be written on the Blackjack table. The house will have a slightly bigger edge when the dealer hits on soft 17.
After you get your initial hand you will be able to choose your strategy by taking one of the following actions:
Hit: This means that you want to be dealt another card. You will generally signal the dealer instead of saying so. If after this hit your cards total more than 21 you have just gone bust and have lost this round.
Stand: You will usually choose this action when you are dealt a Blackjack or another strong hand. You indicate that you wish to stand by waving your hand over your cards or turning them horizontally.
Pair Splitting: If you are dealt a pair in the initial deal, you may split them up so that you have two separate hands. Then you will have to place an extra wager of the same amount as your first. In some variations of poker, pairs may also consist of two cards with the same value, meaning any combination of Ten, Jack, Queen or King. Splitting Aces is always recommended.
Doubling Down: If you find yourself in a strong position doubling down is a viable tactic. It means that you double your initial wager but you will receive only one more card. In some cases house rules will only allow you to do this when your first two cards add up to 10 or 11.
Surrendering: This move is only allowed in certain casinos. When it is allowed you can opt to surrender your cards and receive half of your bet back.
Even Money: This is offered as a possible side bet to a player with a Blackjack when the dealer’s up card is an Ace. If the dealer turns out to also have a Blackjack the player will get a yield of 1:1.
Players who are new to gambling and veterans alike are attracted to Blackjack, mostly due to its compelling combination of luck and strategy. When playing this game always pay attention to what is happening around the table and try to learn from more experienced players.