Blackjack Strategy Chart: The Basics of Perfect Play
Learn the basics of perfect play using the CasinoGrounds Blackjack strategy chart. In this guide, you will be shown two different charts, both which are built around games using 4 to 8 decks. The first blackjack strategy 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.
The Perfect Blackjack Strategy Chart for 4 to 8 Decks
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 Use 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: As & 8s
- Split 2s when dealer shows a 4-7
- Split 3s when dealer shows a 4-7
- Split 4s when dealer shows a 5-6*
- Split 6s when dealer shows a 3-6 (and 2s*)
- Split 7s when dealer shows a 2-7
- Split 9s when dealer shows a 2-6
- Split 9s also if dealer shows a 8-9
- Never split a pair of 5s, or a pair of 10s, 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
Modifications for Perfect Play when Dealer Hits on Soft 17
Apply these rules when using the basic Blackjack strategy for the perfect play, if the 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.