Blackjack Strategy Chart – Dealer Hits Soft 17
Our default chart is built around the conditions we see on the Las Vegas strip:
-double down on any 2 cards
-double after splits allowed
-dealer hits soft 17
The player has an edge if the casino dealer has to stand on soft 17. If the casino dealer gets to hit a soft 17 then we have some different decisions from most charts out there and they all involve the ace:
1. Double 11 versus ace.
2. 15 versus ace is surrender instead of hit.
3. 17 versus ace is surrender instead of stand.
4. A,7 (soft 18) versus 2 is double down instead of stand.
5. A,8 (soft 19) versus 6 is double down instead of stand.
6. 8,8 versus ace is surrender if allowed, otherwise split.
It is important to know which rules are more important than others. The World’s Greatest Blackjack book talks about this on page 55. Here are the key rules that are favorable to the player in order of importance:
Doubling on any 2 cards
Drawing any number of cards to split Aces
Doubling allowed after pair splitting
Here are the key rules that are unfavorable to the player in order of importance:
Two or more decks
Dealer hits soft 17
No soft doubling
No re-splitting of Aces
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