Blackjack Strategy

There are a basic set of rules that apply to all blackjack games:

General blackjack strategy

Always stand on 17 or better.

Always hit on 12-16 when dealer shows 7 or higher.

Always hit on 8 or less.

Doubling Down

Always double down on 11.

Double down on 10 when dealer shows 9 or lower.

Double down on 9 when dealer shows 6 or lower.

Soft Hands

Always stand on soft 19 and 20.

Always double down on soft 13-18 when dealer shows 4,5, or 6.

Splits

Always split aces and 8’s.

Never split 10-face cards and never split 5’s.

Always split 3’s and 2’s when the dealer shows 4,5,6, or 7.

Basic Blackjack Strategy Chart

Hit or Stand on hard hands

HARD Dealer
shows:
Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
17 S S S S S S S S S S
16 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H H H
Key: H Hit
S Stand
D Double
if allowed; If not, hit.

Hit or Stand on hard hands?

SOFT Dealer
shows:
Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
(A,9) S S S S S S S S S S
(A,8) S S S S S S S S S S
(A,7) S Ds Ds Ds Ds S S H H H
(A,6) H D D D D H H H H H
(A,5) H H D D D H H H H H
(A,4) H H D D D H H H H H
(A,3) H H H D D H H H H H
(A,2) H H H D D H H H H H
Key: H Hit
S Stand
D Double
if allowed; If not, hit.
Ds Double
if allowed; If not, stand.


Should I split?

PAIRS Dealer
shows:
Your Cards 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T A
(A,A) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
(T,T) N N N N N N N N N N
(9,9) Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y N N
(8,8) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
(7,7) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
(6,6) Y Y Y Y Y N N N N N
(5,5) N N N N N N N N N N
(4,4) N N N Y Y N N N N N
(3,3) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
(2,2) Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N N
Key: Y Yes,
split !
N No,
don’t split !