How To Play Winning Blackjack

Black Jack Rule to winning hand: blackjack basic strategy table. This’ll help you decide when to hit and when to stand. Better your odds.

What is the difference between hard and soft totals?

Any hand which has an Ace valued as 11 is called a soft total.

i.e.: A hand that has a 6 and an Ace is referred as a soft 17.

Any hand that containing no Ace or has an Ace valued as 1 is called a hard total.

Why distinguish between hard total and soft total?

Playing actions are different when you have a soft or have a hard total.

Look over the charts and make sure you understand how it works. The value of player’s hand is in the left hand column, the dealer’s up card is on the top row.

This basic strategy to playing blackjack can be used whether you are playing at the tables or at one of the hundreds of online casinos that are available.

Table A. Drawing rules for hard totals.

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ace

8

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

9

H

D

D

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

10

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

11

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

12

H

H

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

13

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

14

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

15

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

SU

H

16

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

SU

SU

SU

17

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

General rule is that if your original hand is a hard 17 or higher, stand as the odds of busting if hit is very high.

16 of the 52 cards are 10-value cards(31%)

By the casino’s rule, the dealer will always hit if he has a total of 16 or less.

If the dealer’s total is 17 or above, he must stand.

Table B. Drawing rules for soft totals.

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ace

A,2

H

H

H

D/H

D/H

H

H

H

H

H

A,3

H

H

H

D/H

D/H

H

H

H

H

H

A,4

H

H

D/H

D/H

D/H

H

H

H

H

H

A,5

H

H

D/H

D/H

D/H

H

H

H

H

H

A,6

H

D/H

D/H

D/H

D/H

H

H

H

H

H

A,7

S

D/S

D/S

D/S

D/S

S

S

H

H

H

A,8

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

Splitting Pairs:

Whenever a pair is dealt to the player in his original hand, the player has the option of splitting them into two hands.

We should we split and when should we not split?

The general rule is that we split the cards when we have a weak hand and not split when the hand is strong.

Always split a pair Aces.

By splitting, you’ll have a total of 11. Regardless of the dealer’s card, when allowed – double down.

So when you have two Aces, split then double down.

Have a pair of 10’s? Don’t split, always stand. A pair of 10’s is a strong hand and the odds of getting a hand as that good or better is slim.

Split a pair of 8’s, as a total of 16 is a weak hand. It’s easy to beat by the dealer and also it’s hard to improve upon without getting bust.

Never split a pair of 4’s and 5’s, because a total of 8 or 10 aren’t bad hand as the odds are fairly good to draw a 10-value card and have .

Table C. Drawing rules for splitting pairs.

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ace

2,2

SP/H

SP/H

SP

SP

SP

SP

H

H

H

H

3,3

SP/H

SP/H

SP

SP

SP

SP

H

H

H

H

4,4

H

H

H

SP/H

SP/H

H

H

H

H

H

5,5

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

6,6

SP/H

SP

SP

SP

SP

H

H

H

H

H

7,7

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

H

H

H

H

8,8

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

9,9

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SS

SP

SP

S

S

T,T

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

A,A

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

SP

Table D. Drawing rule descriptions.

H

Hit – take a card.

S

Stand – do not take a card.

SP

Split the pair.

D

Double down.

SU

Surrender if available otherwise HIT.

D/H

Double if available otherwise HIT.

D/S

Double if available otherwise STAND.

P/H

Split if double after split is available otherwise
HIT.