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Rules & Strategy

As mentioned, a soft hand is one where at least one card is an Ace which counts for 1 or 11 at your option. When you have a great hand which includes Ace/8, Ace/9, or Ace/10 , stand regardless of the dealer’s up card. With all other combinations of Ace and another card, always hit because with the 1 or 11 option you can only improve your hand. Once you decide how to use the Ace , it then becomes a hard hand and you can apply the Hard Hand rules previously stated as to when to hit or stand. You may take as many hits as you want as long as you do not go over 21. When you are satisfied with your cards, simply wave your hand over them and the dealer will know to not give you any more cards.

Most casinos allow them at the table if your use doesn’t slow down the game. Some casinos will allow you to surrender your hand and give up half your bet on your first two cards after the dealer checks for a blackjack. It is to the player’s advantage when played correctly. Unfortunately, when it is offered many players surrender more hands than they should, thus giving up the advantage gained by this option.

In blackjack, ‘soft’ hands are the ones containing an Ace, which means the total can be counted twofold. You can never go bust when taking a card holding a ‘soft’ hand. If you decide to double, you’ll match your initial bet and receive just one more card.

Lay your stack next to theirs and cut it off at the same height as theirs with a quick swipe of your fingers. Deal one up card to each player, followed by a down card to the dealer. Then deal a second up card to each player, followed by the dealer’s up card. So you’ve built a blackjack table and now you want to have some friends over to show it off!

Generally, 2s, 3s, or 7s can be split unless the dealer has an 8, 9, ten-card, or ace. Finally, 6s should not be split unless the dealer’s card is poor . The combination of an ace with a card other than a ten-card is known as a “soft hand,” because the player can count the ace as a 1 or 11, and either draw cards or not. While a count of 17 is a good hand, the player may wish to draw for a higher total. If the draw creates a bust hand by counting the ace as an 11, the player simply counts the ace as a 1 and continues playing by standing or “hitting” .

The dealer then proceeds left to right around the table, announcing card point totals. The progression usually ends with a loss on the largest bet in the sequence. And in any sequence that starts with two wins but shows a loss on the third hand, the progression bettor is worse off than the flat bettor. The progression bettor would be even after two $5 wins and a $10 loss; the flat bettor would show a $5 profit after two wins and a $5 loss. And a two-wins-and-a-loss sequence happens a lot more often than six consecutive wins.

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