This lesson deals with Blackjack Standing on 17-21,
and the chances of winning at Learn to
Playing blackjack, your final hand can be one of these
a blackjack, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16 or less,
or you could bust
(total exceeds 21).
However, what about winning when you stand on
17 – 21?
Example, blackjack standing on 17 in a six-deck game where the dealer
stands on soft 17.
players are happy
to have a 17 and stand.
But, you will lose more money than
win when the dealer
has any face card except the 6. You will lose the most money when the
shows a 9 and the least when he shows a 4 or 5.
when the dealer has a
6 showing that you stand a fighting chance of winning some money in the
So what’s a player to do? Actually, there is nothing you can
do. Hitting a hard 17 would result in even greater losses, so you
standing. Often times you will stand on 17 and win a hand but over
will end up losing more then you win except against the dealer’s 6.
17 is definitely not the best way.
Because 17 is not a good hand for players, this is the
reason you should never stand on soft 17 such as Ace-6 (you should hit
double down on soft 17 but never stand).
Blackjack Standing on 18:
Surely, we must fair better
standing on 17. And we do but not as much as you think. You’ll make
that 18 in the long run when the dealer shows a 2 through 8 face card
you’ll lose money against the dealer’s 9, 10 or ace.
the reason why you
should hit soft 18 when the dealer shows a 9, 10, or ace rather than
Here’s a casino scenario. You
would be permitted to bet as
much as you want and the casino would give you an
automatic 18 on
every hand for blackjack.
Would you take that bet? If you did, you would wind up
losing about 60 cents for every $100 you wagered. Like it or not, 18
us a winner when we play blackjack.
Blackjack Standing on 19:
Surely, this must be a
winning hand. Well almost except when the dealer shows a 10 or ace.
19 still isn’t good enough and in the long run we
will lose more then we win against these dealer’s upcards.
Blackjack Standing on 20:
Lastly, it’s only when we have a 20 do we really have a
strong hand. Against any dealer’s upcard included an ace, we will make
the long run. Since 20 is such a strong hand this is the reason why
should never be split and A-9 should never be doubled.
got a winning
hand with 20 so it’s best to leave it alone.
Additionally, 70% of your total winnings arise
from being dealt these two hands: A-10 and 10-10.
Nearly all the rest of your winnings are won by
these 5 hands: 11, 10-9, 10, A-9, and A-8. It’s important to know the
blackjack playing strategy for them because they count so much toward
chances of winning.
In multiple deck blackjack games always double down on 11 when the
dealer shows 10 or less and double 10 when dealer shows 9 or
You should always stand on hard and soft 19 and with a soft
18; you double down when the dealer shows a 3 through 6, hit when he
shows a 9,
10 or ace and stand on 2, 7, and 8. This assumes the dealer stands on
If the dealer hits soft 17 in a 6 or 8 deck game,
you need change
two rules: double 11 against dealer ace and double soft 19 against
Alternatively, the following hands will account for about
85% of our financial losses – hard 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17. We
covered the 17 and the stiff 12 through 16 hands are overall losers
we follow the basic playing strategy.
Statistics are interesting, but it won’t put money in your
pocket. What will is knowing the basic playing strategy and betting
the undealt cards are rich in tens and aces.
That’s how you can turn the odds in your
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