How To Play Hard Hands in Multi-Deck Blackjack
Most of the blackjack tables you'll find both in brick and mortar and online casinos will use more than one deck of cards. Each player should note that there is a direct correlation of the odds and house edge in blackjack with the number of decks used in any particular game or table. Other than the number of decks used in a particular game, the strategy a player employs also affects one's effectiveness.
The more you stick to basic blackjack strategy the better off you are. Basic strategy focuses on what cards are in play on the table during a particular hand and will give you the best optimal move for that specific card combination. You should hit, double down, split, stand, or surrender (if that option is available) when basic strategy suggests you do so. By following basic strategy in blackjack, you have the power to lower the house edge even further down below five percent.
One set of card combinations in blackjack is called the hard hands. They're called hard hands not only because they're tough to handle, but also because they do have the potential to bust when you hit. When you have hard hands then you better think twice and check what basic blackjack strategy recommends before you hit, bust, and lose your bet. Technically, a hard hand is one that has no Ace in blackjack. The following recommendations below deals with how to play these hard hands in a multi-deck game.
The first step, as with any other step in blackjack basic strategy, is to check what up card the dealer gives you on the table. Next, check out what cards you currently have as your initial hand. The theory is to assume that the other card your dealer has is a ten-value card. So you have a worst-case scenario where you can see your dealer's up card and assume that the other card not shown is a ten.
You then base your next move according to what sort of hard hand you've got:
1. If your current total is eight or less you should hit. 2. If your initial total is a hard nine you should double on a dealer up card from three to six, or else hit. 3. If your hard hand totals to ten, double if your dealer has two to nine, or else hit. 4. If you have a hard 11 double if your dealer has two to 10, or else hit especially if the dealer shows an Ace. 5. A hard 12 will have you hit on a dealer's two or three, stand on a dealer's four through six, or else hit. 6. Hard 13 to hard 16 should be played as: stand on a dealer's two through six up card, or else hit. 7. Remember to always stand on hard 17 to hard 21.
By simply following these seven bits of hard hand strategy you'll be sure to make an optimal move every time.