Blackjack Basic Strategy

There are a number of weak differences on the basic rules of Blackjack, however the majority of online casinos have take up the game that uses multiple thump down (typically eight), so our basic strategy for Blackjack uses this premise.

The next step to invent the suitable approach is to take into account what the house rule is for the dealer if they hold a ‘soft’ 17. What’s a soft 17? Well, this is where the dealer’s hand value is 17 and includes an Ace counted as 11, for example Ace, 6 or Ace, 2, 2, 2. The dealer will be obliged by the house rules to hit or stand on this hand.

Once you know how an online casino’s virtual dealer is expected to play a soft 17 you can go to work on learning the best basic strategy for that casino’s Blackjack game. If the dealer must situate on soft 17 click here. If the casino rule if for the dealer to hit on soft 17 read on…

Below is a table to here the basic Blackjack strategy, creating the best chances for a player when there is no way to gain any cleverness about the distribution of remaining cards in the deck (see our section on card counting for more on this).

PAIRS

Dealer’s Face Up Card
Player’s
Hand
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
A-A SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
10-10 ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST ST
9-9 SP SP SP SP SP ST SP SP ST ST
8-8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
7-7 SP SP SP SP SP SP HT HT HT HT
6-6 SP /H SP SP SP SP HT HT HT HT HT
5-5 DB / H DB / H DB / H DB / H DB / H DB / H DB / H DB / H HT HT
4-4 HT HT HT SP/H SP/H HT HT HT HT HT
3-3 SP/H SP/H SP SP SP SP HT HT HT HT
2-2 SP/H SP/H SP SP SP SP HT HT HT HT