Dealer Hits Soft 17
2-deck blackjack, also known as double-deck blackjack, is played with two decks and the dealer hits on a soft 17. The rules of 2-deck blackjack may be slightly different from one casino to the next. However, the dealer hits on soft 17. The first two cards are dealt to the player face down. Any cards drawn after the first two are dealt face up.
Learn basic blackjack strategy before beginning to play. Whether you hope to make a fortune counting cards or simply enjoy playing a few rounds of blackjack at the casino table, there are some important pointers to follow.
In blackjack, the Ace may be valued as either 1 or 11. A hand containing an Ace counted as 11 is called “soft.” If the dealer’s first two cards are an Ace and a 6, his hand is known as soft 17. Any other combination totaling 17 points is hard 17. In some casinos, the blackjack dealer may hit on soft 17. This means that he may draw an additional card.
To find out whether this is an option, take a look at the blackjack table layout. It will say either “Dealer Hits Soft 17” or “Dealer Must Stand on all 17.” The soft 17 rule will increase the house edge by a small amount
Blackjack Player's Choices
The player must choose one of the following actions: hit, stand, pair splitting, doubling down, even money or surrendering.
Hit: The player beckons to the dealer or taps his finger on the table behind his cards to show that he wants another card. Once this card has been dealt, the total value of the player’s hand is calculated. If it adds up to more than 21, the player busts and loses his bet.
Stand: The player motions that he does not want to be dealt any additional cards. This can be shown by either waving one’s hands over the cards or turning the cards horizontally.
Pair Splitting: When the first two cards dealt to a player make up a pair, this pair of cards can be split to make up two separate hands. The player then is required to place a wager on the additional pair, which is equivalent in value to his first wager. Always splitting Aces is considered good strategy, although generally the player will be allowed to draw only one additional card for each Ace.
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