One can minimize the house edge when the player uses the following well-known basic strategy rules. If you deviate from the strategy, that automatically also means a change of this ideal strategy.
There is two basic types of hands: a Hard Hand and a Soft Hand
A hard hand refers to an y combination without an ace and a hand with an ace if this hand is counted with a point. For example, the combination of A-5-7, a solid card value of 13 points.
If the dealer has an ace – 9, 8 or 7:
- This sums up to a current card value in which the player should not pick up another card.
- Does the player have soft values with a combination of 17 points, it is advisable to buy another card.
If the dealer has a 4, 5 or 6:
- Buy one card or more cards if you have got a combination of max. 11.
- Card values of 12 or higher you should stand.
- If the dealer holds 2 or 3 then you should buy up to a card value of 12, at 13 or higher you stand.
A soft hand is a hand with an ace (is valued at 11 points) in your starting hand. For example, a hand consisting of an ace and a six can be counted at 7 /17 points.
- Never buy with 9/19 points.
- With a soft 8/18, consisting of three or more cards, only buy if the dealer has a 9, 10 or an ace.
- With a soft 7/17, consisting of three or more cards you should buy.
Note: If a soft hand is formed by only 2 cards, a doubling is useful. You can find the respective rules in the following paragraph (doubling of soft and hard hand).
Soft double down
- A hand of A-2 (soft 13), only double for a 6, in all other cases you should buy.
- A hand of A-3 (soft 14) or A-4 (soft 15), only double for a 5 or 6, in all other cases you should buy.
- A hand of A-5 (soft 16) only double for a 4, 5 or 6, in all other cases you should buy.
- A hand of A-6 (soft 17) only double for a 3, 4, 5 or 6, in all other cases you should buy.
- A hand of A-7 (soft 18) only double for a 3, 4, 5 or 6, for a 2, 7 or 8 you stay, for a 9, 10 or an ace you should buy.
- With a hand of A-8, A-9 or A-10 (Black Jack) you should never double your cards but stay.
- For a hand with two aces (soft 12) –> look at the section “Split
Hard double down
- Never double a hand of 8 or less points.
- Only double a hand of 9 points (without an ace), consisting of two cards if the dealer holds a 6, 5, 4 or 3.
- A hand of 10 or 11 points (without an ace), consisting of two cards can be doubled, except the dealer holds 10 or A.
- Never double a hard hand with 12 or more points.
- Always split two aces, except where the dealer holds an ace – in this scenario the hand is valued at soft 12 and another card is required.
- Only split two cards, three cards and seven cards if the dealer holds a 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7.
- Only split two four cards and seven cards if the dealer holds a 5 or 6.
- Never split five cards and ten cards.
- Only split two six cards if the dealer holds a 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.
- Always split two eight cards, except where the dealer holds a 10 or an ace.
- Always split two nine cards, except where the dealer holds a 7, 10 or an ace.
It is not advisable to insure oneself against the dealer or ask for a payout in a ratio of 1:1 if the dealer holds a card with an ace first.
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