Cards Dealt In A Blackjack Hand
Some casinos, however, allow their dealers to hit on 17. On the table, it will say either H17, for hit on 17, or S17, for stand on 17. Below is attached a Basic Strategy graph for a game of blackjack using 6 decks. You may also view the graph as well as other resources for playing blackjack here.
If neither you nor the dealer has the upper hand, then no one has met the terms of the bet and the wager is off. Our blackjack overview gives players a refresh on the game; if you want to learn how to play blackjack and win more often though, check out our guide below. Look at the total values of the players’ hands to see if they are greater or lesser than your hand.
For instance, a hand comprised of cards featuring a 7 and a 9 would have a hand value of 16. Collect all the cards from each of the players and set them face-down in your discard pile. If you’re only playing with a single deck of cards, shuffle the discard pile with the rest of the deck after each hand. Doubling-down means that you can double the size of your original bet.
In single-deck S17 blackjack, you must double on soft 14 versus the dealer’s 4, 5, and 6. When playing with two to eight decks, you should double on A-3 only when the dealer has a 5 or a 6 provided that the S17 dealer rule applies. This is a much better situation to be in since it is impossible to break this hand with a one-card draw.
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. For cards totaling 3 to 11 in your hand, always hit regardless of the dealer’s face up card and keep hitting until the basic playing strategy discussed here says you should stand. If they do then the hand is over and all bets are lost. See the strategy guide for how this affects how a hand should be played. Note that there are a few no-hole-card games where the rules specifically say that only one bet will be collected from a player if the dealer has a blackjack. In those games, although there is no hole card, you can play the game as if there were.
The main difference between playing a private game and a casino game is that in the private game, the deal moves from one person to another. There are a few other minor differences, which I’ll also cover in this post. If the dealer has a strong hand—say she has a face card showing—you’ll probably lose if you stand. Only a 2, 3, 4, or 5 prevents you from going over 21 and losing immediately. The mathematical underpinnings of blackjack are both interesting and not immediately obvious.