Blackjack Chart: Basic Strategy and Perfect Play Charts

Stop guessing how to play and use a CasinoGrounds Blackjack chart to win more when facing different scenarios.

Blackjack is a negative expectancy game, meaning you will lose money over time as the casino has an edge over you. If you want to lower that edge, then your best bet are the different blackjack charts found below.

The house edge in Blackjack is 8%. If you're an active player that number will add up over time. The best (and only correct) mathematical strategy for achieving optimal play is to use a blackjack chart. It can reduce your disadvantage to as little as 0.2%. 

Example not using a chart: Alfred is a recreational player who doesn't make use of a strategy. If he wagers €10.000, he is expected to lose €800.  

Example using a chart: Nicholas plays with a goal, aiming to achieve perfect play by using a blackjack chart. If he wagers €10.000, his expected loss can be as little as €20.

Question is, which one of these players are you? 

In this guide, you will be shown two different charts, both which are built around games using 4 to 8 decks. The first blackjack  chart takes into account what to do when the dealer stands on soft 17, and the other which you'll find at the bottom of this guide takes into account what you should do when the dealer hits on soft 17.

4 to 8 Decks Blackjack Chart - Dealer Stands on Soft 17

Blackjack Chart showing 4 to 8 decks optimal play when dealer stands on soft 17

The perfect Blackjack strategy charts on this page revolves around the game being played with between 4 to 8 decks, which is the most common format.

In order to best make use of our charts, you should learn the terminology and player options by heart.

When to Surrender:

  • Surrender hard 16 when dealer shows a 9, 10 or an A.
  • Surrender hard 15 when dealer shows a 10.
  • Do not surrender a pair of eights, regardless of what dealer shows.

When to Split:

  • You should always split all pairs of: A's & 8's
  • Split 2's when dealer shows a 4-7
  • Split 3's when dealer shows a 4-7
  • Split 4's when dealer shows a 5-6*
  • Split 6's when dealer shows a 3-6 (and 2's*)
  • Split 7's when dealer shows a 2-7
  • Split 9's when dealer shows a 2-6
  • Split 9's also if dealer shows a 8-9
  • Never split a pair of 5's, or a pair of 10's, regardless of what the dealer shows

* Only when doubling after splitting is allowed on the table.

When to Double:

  • Hard 9 when dealer has 3-6
  • Hard 10 (not when dealer shows A or 10)
  • Hard 11 (not when dealer shows A)
  • Soft 13-14 when dealer has 5-6
  • Soft 15-16 when dealer has 4-6
  • Soft 17-18 when dealer has 3-6

When to Hit:

  • Always hit when your hand is a hard 11 or less
  • You should always hit when you have a soft 17 or less
  • Hit on hard 12 if dealer does not have 4-6
  • Hit on hard 13 if dealer does not have 2-6
  • Hit on hard 14 if dealer does not have 2-6
  • Hit on hard 15 if dealer does not have 2-6
  • Hit on hard 16 if dealer does not have 2-6
  • Hit on soft 18 unless dealer shows A, 9 or 10

When to Stand:

  • Always stand on hard 12 when dealer shows 4-6
  • Always stand on hard 13 when dealer shows 2-6
  • Always stand on hard 14 when dealer shows 2-6
  • Always stand on hard 15 when dealer shows 2-6
  • Always stand on hard 17 and up
  • Stand on soft 18 (hit when dealer has 10, 9 or A)
  • Always stand on soft 19 and up

4 to 8 Decks: Dealer Hits on Soft 17

Blackjack Chart showing 4 to 8 decks optimal play when dealer hits on soft 17

The same chart above, but with modifications for optimal play when dealer hits on soft 17.

Rules of thumb:

  • Do not use your insurance option
  • Stay away from even money choice
  • Always view your hand as a hard 10 or 20 if there are no rows for splitting your 5’s and 10’s.

When in doubt, use the “dealer hits on soft 17”, instead of the “dealer stands on soft 17” strategy as this will mean less losses over time.

Live Evolution Gaming Blackjack Chart

Blackjack Chart for Evolution Gaming showing 4 to 8 decks optimal play when dealer stands on soft 17

Players playing on the Evolution Gaming's live Blackjack tables have requested a separate chart as the dealer will check for Blackjack if the face up card is an ace

This slightly changes how you approach optimal play on the Evolution Blackjack tables, so we've created a separate Evolution Blackjack chart adjusting to how you play your 10(s). The game is still played with 4 to 8 decks, with dealer standing on a soft 17. 

 

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