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Blackjack Soft Hand

This is a well-known fact that blackjack has a basic blackjack strategy that can be easily learned by everybody who is interested in this amazing game. Let`s start with a famous fact that this strategy differs according to the type of hand you have - this strategy can by for hard hand, soft hand and for splitting pairs. Soft hand is a hand that has an Ace which is counted as 11. You are strongly recommended to learn the best soft hand strategy that will help you to reduce the house edge.


How to Play Soft Hands

  1. Firstly, you have to look for a dealer`s exposed card.
  2. Secondly, look at what you are starting with. If you have a soft hand (contains Ace of 11 points), you need to think about your further actions. Having Ace-2 or Ace-3 you may try to double in a case if the dealer has 5 or 6.
  3. The next what you should do is to look whether the dealer has 4-6 and you have Ace 4/5. If yes, you are advised to double, otherwise hit.
  4. If you have Ace-6 and the dealer does not have 3-6, you can hit, otherwise double.
  5. Having Ace-7 and the dealer has 2, 7 or 8 you certainly have to stand. And you may double if the dealer has 3-6, otherwise you need to hit.
  6. If you have Ace-8/9, always remember to stand.

Remember! Soft hands are played in a different way in comparison with hard hands. That happens because the Ace guarantees some additional options. Also you may double your bet up with the best of it.

Key Rules to Stand on Soft Hands:

  1. Always HIT on soft 17 or less.
  2. Always STAND on soft 18 or higher, except.
  3. HIT on soft 18 vs. dealer 9, 10, or A.

Soft 17

We would like to give you some instructions on how to play on a soft 17. You are recommended to hit on a soft 17, if the dealer does not show 3 -6. And if the dealer shows any of these cards, you definitely should double down. When the dealer shows up card of value 3-6, his hand may be a little bit stiff. It means he has a nice chance to go bust when having a hit. Having a soft 17, you may receive the highest card that is a 10, this will back your hand to 17. It may seem strange, but even a 17 may come out ahead against some dealer`s hands. Having this combination you have to double, only this will bring you a huge win.

The soft hand strategies you were given are those you should implement in order to increase your chances of winning. Actually, a player that is involved in playing a soft hand, tries to turn it in a hard hand. A soft hand will not be a trouble if you play right.