Blackjack Chart

What Is a Blackjack Chart Used for?

 

Preface: Blackjack strategy charts feature a grid-like combination of player hands and dealer up-cards, in addition to a series of actions the player is encouraged to take. Blackjack strategy charts feature a color-coded grid with Hit, Stand, Double, Split, and Surrender options. These blackjack strategy charts are a highly effective visual guide for helping blackjack players make intelligent decisions about their hands.

 

It is worth pointing out that there isn’t a single blackjack chart that players use; there are multiple blackjack charts available to players. For example, there are single deck soft 17 blackjack charts, single deck hard 17 blackjack charts, double deck blackjack soft 17 charts, double deck hard blackjack 17 charts, 4+ decks soft 17 blackjack charts, 4+ decks hard 17 blackjack charts, et cetera. There are different blackjack odds portrayed by different charts, and player actions vary from one chart to the next.

 

Effective Use of Blackjack Strategy Charts

 

Many blackjack players utilize basic blackjack strategy against the dealer to reduce the house edge as much as possible. When you implement basic blackjack strategy, it is possible to reduce the house edge to as little as 0.5%. Yet, despite our best intentions as blackjack players, variance (the luck of the cards) will always have an outsized part to play in the results of blackjack games. Experts routinely advise players to create an all-encompassing blackjack strategy that includes basic blackjack strategy, blackjack charts, blackjack card counting, blackjack odds calculators, and budgeting.

 

Players will be well served by committing many blackjack strategy tips to memory, and implementing these rules whenever appropriate. It is important to point out that there are scores of different types of blackjack strategy charts available to players. It’s not a one-size-fits-all recipe for success with blackjack charts – there are different games with different rules. For example, there are hard 17 games and soft 17 games. It’s important to understand the difference. A hard 17 game of blackjack does not include any Aces in the hand total, or it includes an Ace but the value of that Ace is 1. A soft 17 hand includes an Ace valued at 11. The hand is deemed ‘soft’ because the Ace can assume two values without the hand busting.

 

Pulling Back the Curtain: Basic Blackjack Strategy Charts

 

Basic blackjack strategy charts provide players with hard and fast rules to employ, based on the player’s hand total and the dealer’s hand total. Below is an example of an easy-to-use blackjack strategy chart:

 

Blackjack Strategy Chart S17

 

Player Hand Value

Dealer Hand Value 2– 6

Dealer Hand Value 7 – Ace

13, 14, 15

HIT

HIT

16, 17, 18

DOUBLE

HIT

19, 20, 21

STAND

STAND

 

 

Blackjack Strategy Chart Rules for Splitting (Yes/No)

 

Player Hand Value

Dealer Hand Value 2– 6

Dealer Hand Value 7 – Ace

Pairs of 2s, 3s, 6s, 7s, 9s

YES

NO

Pairs of 8s, Aces

YES

YES

Pairs of 4s, 5s and 10s

NO

NO

 

 

 

Blackjack Strategy Chart H17

 

Player Hand Value

Dealer Hand Value 2– 6

Dealer Hand Value 7 – Ace

4 – 8

HIT

HIT

9

DOUBLE

HIT

10, 11

DOUBLE

DOUBLE (Player Hand > Dealer Hand)

 

12, 13, 14, 15, 16

STAND

HIT

17, 18, 19, 20, 21

STAND

STAND

 

For the most part, players can use single deck hard and soft 17 blackjack strategy charts for blackjack games. We introduced a comprehensive set of blackjack strategy charts in our Basic Blackjack Strategy Guide. These have been reintroduced here for your benefit. Players have several options available, as detailed below: Hit, Stand, Double, or Surrender

 

Blackjack Strategy Chart for Soft 17

 

Player Card  VS Dealer Card

Hand

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ace

13

Hit

Hit

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

14

Hit

Hit

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

15

Hit

Hit

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

16

Hit

Hit

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

17

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

18

Stand

Double

Double

Double

Double

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

19

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Double

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

20-21

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Blackjack Strategy Chart for Hard 17

 

Player Card VS Dealer Card

 

Hand

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Ace

4 – 7

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

8

Hit

Hit

Hit

Double

Double

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

9

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

10

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Hit

Hit

11

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

Double

12

Hit

Hit

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

13

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

14

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

15

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Hit

Surrender

16

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Hit

Hit

Hit

Surrender

Surrender

17

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Surrender Stand

18-21

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

Stand

 

Here at Casinofy, we want to impress upon you that there are many different possibilities in the game of blackjack. For example, it is highly unlikely that you will be playing single deck blackjack games at a land-based casino, or an online casino.

For the vast majority of players, blackjack games comprise multi-deck games with 4 – 8 decks of cards in play. As you might expect, there are different blackjack charts to use for these types of games. In multi-deck blackjack games, you are more likely to come across 6 or 8 decks of cards per game. Fortunately, the self-same strategies apply
whether it is 4, 6, or 8 decks of cards.

In fact, the blackjack charts for games including 4 – 8 decks bare striking similarities to single deck blackjack charts. Below you will find the blackjack strategy chart for the dealer standing on soft 17 with 4 – 8 decks of cards in play, for soft hands and hard hands respectively:


Dealer Upcard

 

Player Hand (Soft)

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

13

HIT

HIT

HIT

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

14

HIT

HIT

HIT

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

15

HIT

HIT

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

16

HIT

HIT

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

17

HIT

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

18

STAND

Ds

Ds

Ds

Ds

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

STAND

19, 20,

21

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND


Dealer Upcard

 

Hard

Player

Hand

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

ACE

4,5,6,7,8

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

9

HIT

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

10

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

HIT

11

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

Dh

HIT

12

HIT

HIT

STAND

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

13

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

14

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

HIT

15

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

HIT

Rh

HIT

16

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

HIT

HIT

Rh

Rh

Rh

17,18,19, 20, 21

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

STAND

 

That’s how to play soft and hard player hands with blackjack charts!

 

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