As you can see, the dealer will bust most often when he has a 5 or 6 as his upcard and he will bust the least amount, approximately 11% of the time, when his upcard is an ace. This means it’s to your advantage to stand more often when the dealer’s upcard is a 2 through 6 and hope that the dealer will draw cards that make him bust. It also means that when the dealer’s upcard is a 7 through ace he will complete more of his hands and in that situation you should draw cards until you have a total of 17 or more.
Now let’s show you how to play your hands by using the basic strategy and we’ll start off with the hard hand strategy and by hard hand I mean a 2-card total without an ace. A hand with an ace is known as a soft hand because the ace can be counted as either a 1 or an 11. So, if you had an ace-6 you would have a soft 17 hand and if you had a 10-6 you would have a hard 16 hand. Later on we’ll take a look at how to play soft hands, but for now we’ll concentrate on the hard hand totals. Oh yes, one more thing, the basic strategy I’m going to give you applies to casinos where they deal more than one deck at a time and the ป๊อกเด้ง ไฮโล dealer stands on soft 17 which is the situation you’ll find in the majority of casinos today. So, keep in mind that the strategy would be slightly different if you were playing against a single deck and it would also be slightly different if the dealer hit a soft 17.
Whenever your first 2 cards total 17 through 21, you should stand, no matter what the dealer’s up card is.
If your cards total 16, you should stand if the dealer has a 2 through 6 as his upcard otherwise, draw a card. By the way, 16 is the worst hand you can have because you will bust more often with 16 than with any other hand. So, if that’s the case then why would you want to ever hit a 16? Well, once again, those computer studies have shown that you should hit a 16 when the dealer has 7 through ace as his upcard because in the long run you will lose less often. This means that yes, 16 is a terrible hand, but you should hit it because if you don’t you will lose even more often than when you do take a card.
If your cards total 15, you should also stand if the dealer has a 2 through 6 as his upcard otherwise, draw cards until your total is 17 or more.
The same rules from 15 and 16 also apply if your cards total 14. Stand if the dealer has a 2 through 6, otherwise draw cards until your total is 17 or more. The same rules also apply if your cards total 13. Stand if the dealer has a 2 through 6, otherwise draw cards until your total is 17 or more.
When your cards total 12 you should only stand when the dealer has a 4,5 or 6 as his upcard, remember – those are his 3 weakest cards and he will bust more often with those cards, so you don’t want to take a chance on busting yourself. If the dealer’s upcard is a 2 or a 3, then you should take just one card and stop on your total of 13 or more. Finally, if the dealer has a 7 through ace as his upcard then you should draw cards until your total is 17 or more.
When your cards total 11 you would always want to hit it because you can’t bust, but before you ask for a card you should consider making a double down bet. If the casino allows you to double down then you should do that if the dealer has anything but an ace as his upcard. After you double down the dealer would give you just one additional card on that hand. If the dealer’s upcard is an ace then you shouldn’t double down. Instead, you should hit the hand and continue to draw until your total is 17 or more. If the casino doesn’t allow you to double down then you should just hit your hand and then, depending on your total, play it by the rules I gave you for the hands that totaled 12 through 21. So, if you had an 11 and the dealer had a 5 as his upcard, you should take a card. Then let’s say you draw an ace which gives you a total of 12. Well, as I said before, if you have a 12 against a dealer’s 5 you should stand and that’s how you should play that hand.
If your total is 10 you would, once again, want to double down unless the dealer showed an ace or a 10. If the dealer had an ace or a 10 as his upcard you should hit your hand and then use the standard rules for a hand valued at 12 through 21. So, if you had a 10 and the dealer had an 8 as his up card you would want to double down and take one more card. If you weren’t allowed to double, then you would take a hit and let’s say you got a 4 for a total of 14. You should then continue to hit your hand until your total is 17 or more.
If your total is 9 you would want to double down whenever the dealer was showing a 3,4,5 or 6 as his upcard. If the dealer had a 2 as his upcard, or if he had a 7 through ace as his upcard, you should hit your hand and then use the standard playing rules as discussed before. So, let’s say you had a 9 and the dealer had a 4 as his upcard you would want to double down and take one more card. If you weren’t allowed to double then you should take a hit and let’s say you got a 2 for a total of 11, you would then take another hit and let’s say you got an ace. That would give you a total of 12 and, as I showed you previously, you should stand on 12 against a dealer’s 4.
Finally, if your total is 8 or less you should always take a card and then use the standard playing roles that we already discussed.
Now, let’s take a look at splitting pairs, but keep in mind that the rules for splitting will change slightly depending on whether or not the casino will allow you to double down after you split your cards. Most multiple deck games allow you to double down after splitting so that’s the situation we’ll cover first and then I’ll tell you about the changes if you’re not allowed to double down after splitting.
As I said earlier, when your first two cards are the same most casinos will allow you to split them and play them as two separate hands so let’s go over the basic strategy roles on when you should do this.
The first thing you should remember is that you always split aces and 8’s. The reason you split aces is obvious because if you get a 10 on either hand you’ll have a perfect 21, but remember that you won’t get paid for a blackjack at 3-to-2, instead it’ll be counted as a regular 21 and you’ll be paid at even money. If you have a pair of 8’s you have 16 which is a terrible hand and you can always improve it by splitting your 8’s and playing them as separate hands.