Blackjack decision table
Note: The abbreviations also appear below each table and color-coded chart.
HOW TO USE THE STRATEGY TABLES AND CHARTS
Below are some sample hands for a double-deck game.
Suppose you are playing a S17, DAS game and you are dealt A-7 and the dealer shows a 9 upcard. If you refer to the Double-Deck, S17, DAS Table, you will find the following rule for A-7:
* Double on 3 through 6
** Stand on 2, 7, 8; Hit on 9, 10, A
If you refer to the Double Deck, S17, DAS chart, you will see that at the intersection of the A-7 and dealer’s 9 upcard is the letter H, meaning Hit.
Let’s try one more hand. You are dealt 4-4 and the dealer’s upcard is a 5. The rules are H17, DAS. What does the strategy table or chart say to play it?
The answer is to Split.
DOUBLE DECK, S17, DASSTRATEGY TABLE
DOUBLE DECK, S17, NDASSTRATEGY TABLE
DOUBLE DECK, H17, DASSTRATEGY TABLE
DOUBLE DECK, H17, NDASSTRATEGY TABLE
INSIDER TIPS FOR PLAYING DOUBLE-DECK GAMESIn most double-deck games, the dealers pitch the cards face down to players, although a few casinos use a dealing shoe, but that’s rare. Be sure you know the correct Blackjack etiquette for holding your cards and signaling your playing decision to the dealer when playing in a double-deck pitch game.
Some double-deck games in land-based casinos pay only 6 to 5, instead of 3 to 2, for a winning blackjack. When the casino pays only 6-5 for a blackjack, the house edge increases by 1.4% (ouch!). I’ll have more to say about these dastardly 6-5 games in Chapter 6.2 but for now remember to never play any blackjack game that pays 6-5 on a blackjack.
The house edge against a basic strategy player in a 3-2 double-deck game is a function of the mix of playing rules.
The following table summarizes the relationship of typical rules that you will find in a 3-2 double-deck game and the corresponding house edge against a basic strategy player. Notice that the best double-deck games offer S17 and DAS (with or without RSA).
The house edge is only 0.14% - 0.19%, which is quite good. If your local casino offers only an H17 double-deck game, make sure they allow DAS, and better yet, with RSA and/or LS.
Double Deck Cancellation Hearts is a variant of Hearts for 6-11 players.
With a large number of players Hearts can be played with two decks. This allows each player to hold more cards and gives a four person feel to the game. However, this means that there are two of each card and can lead to confusion about which is the highest card to take...
How to play blackjack table?
To play blackjack a dealer gives you two cards, one up and one down. You have to try to get close to or 21 or beat the dealer's hand, by hitting (asking for another card) or staying. !