Blackjack is one of those table games that people just can’t get enough of. Considered one of the oldest enduring gambling games it holds many rules that once learned can lead to great winnings. In this article we are going to discuss what happens when the dealer hits a soft 17 and what should a player do under this condition.
Multi-deck Blackjack can be played with as little as 4 decks and up to 8 decks of cards, although some casinos may have variations on this rule. Seeing as Blackjack comes with a multitude of playing rules it is pertinent and quite smart to first learn the rules of the game before venturing to place your bet, whether you are a bobby player of aspire to go pro.
Most casinos go by this rule: the dealer hits a soft 17 when the cards shown are a 7 and an Ace. This hand counts as 11 points. If any other card combination adds up to 17 it will be called a hard 17 and will not have the same rules apply. Normally, the Blackjack table has the rules written on it, and you can clearly see what happens: either the rule will be that the dealer hits soft 17 or the dealer must stand on all 17s.
Upon the commencement of the game and the handing out of the first hand the player is faced with a few options. You can either hit, stand, pair split (if your hand shows a pair other than Aces and in some cases 10s), double down, even money or surrender.
The permutations of what you can do depending on the dealer’s hand are endless. Practically if your hand holds and 8 and the dealer has anything from a 2 to an Ace, the smart thing to do would be to Hit. From a 13 to 14 things get a bit more complicated and you will mostly stand to avoid going Bust. If the dealer holds a 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and you are looking at a hand of Ace and 7, double down or stand. If the same hand graces your game and the dealer holds a 7 or 8 you might as well stand and see what comes up. For the same scenario, if the dealer holds a 9, 10, or Ace, you should Hit.
Another good rule to keep in mind, when dealing with a dealer’s soft 17 is to never take insurance or what otherwise is called “even money”. This is a bad idea since chances are higher that you will lose the bet. If you cannot split a pair of 5s or 10s then consider your hand as a hard total of 10 or 20, respectively. The same goes for if a limit for re-splitting is in place, look up your hand a as a hard total.
One last rule, if the dealer has a 9, 10, or Ace and your hand is a hard 16, but not a pair of 8s, Surrender if allowed to do so.
There you have it dear readers, just a few things to keep in mind when playing the well-loved and world-famous game of Blackjack.