Blackjack soft 17
Single-deck blackjack which is played with only one standard deck of cards and the dealer stands on a soft 17.
In a single deck blackjack game, cards are always dealt face down for the initial hand. Subsequent cards will be dealt face up. It’s important for you to learn the basics of blackjack strategy before heading to the casino to play, whether you want to try a few rounds for fun or to learn to be an expert card counter. Single deck blackjack’s rules and conditions may vary according to the casino where you play.
In blackjack terminology, “soft 17” is a hand composed of a Six plus an Ace counted as 11 points, giving a total of 17. “Hard 17” is a hand that adds up to 17 points, not including an Ace counted as 11 (for example, a Seven plus a King).
In some versions of blackjack, the dealer hits on soft 17. In others, he stands on both hard and soft 17. To double check the rule for the version you are playing, you can check the blackjack table layout. There you will see written either: “Dealer Hits Soft 17” or “Dealer Must Stand on all 17, ” and this will give you your answer. When the dealer hits on soft 17, there will be a small increase in the house edge.
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Blackjack Player's Choices
Once the cards have been dealt, you will choose which of the following actions to take: hit, stand, pair splitting, doubling down, even money or surrendering.
Hit: If you opt to be dealt another card, signal to the dealer by either beckoning to him or her with your finger or using that same finger to tap the table behind your current card pile. You might end up with a hand totaling over 21 points, in which case you will “bust, ” losing your cards and your wager.
Stand: You may find that your first 2 cards produce a very strong hand. To show that you do not wish to be dealt any more cards, turn your cards in a horizontal direction or wave your hand over them.
Pair Splitting: When the initial deal gives you a pair, you can split up the cards to start 2 new hands. You’ll need to place a second bet, equal to your first, and after that you will be dealt a second card for each of your hands. In accordance with the classic blackjack rules, you cannot split 2 cards that are pairs in terms of point value only (face cards and Tens) nor may you resplit pairs.
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