Of all casino card games,
blackjack is among the most popular. This is because the
casino blackjack game is quite easy to understand. In
blackjack, you are basically playing against the dealer. In
order to win, your hand must be higher in value than the
dealer’s hand without going over 21.
However, there are a number of rule variations for blackjack, which often adds to the casino’s house advantage. In other words, these rules generally work in favor of the casinos. Knowing some of the more common blackjack rule derivatives can help you in planning your strategy when playing a casino blackjack game.
Dealer Action on Soft 17
As played in casinos, the blackjack dealer will automatically “hit” – that is, add another card – when his hand is lower than 17, or otherwise “stand” when the hand equals 17 or more. The exception is on soft 17 – a hand totaling 17 with an ace valued at 11. Blackjack tables may differ on the dealer’s action on soft 17 and this is usually posted on the table as either S17 (stand on soft 17) or H17 (hit on soft 17). Playing on S17 blackjack tables is generally more advantageous as the odds for beating the dealer is slightly higher than when the dealer has the option to hit on soft 17.