Solid Hard Hand Strategies in Online Blackjack

Date Published: August 26, 2013

The bread and butter of any online blackjack strategy is how hard hands are played. Hard hands are the most common, and understanding how they work and what factors influence how you should play them will help you really understand the game of blackjack. There are a few basic rules that you can learn to increase your chances of playing hard hands correctly, and here we're going to break those rules down so that you can have superior strategies while playing hard hands at the blackjack table.

The first rule is this: Against strong dealer cards of seven or higher, you should be more aggressive with hitting. You're only going to stand when facing a seven or higher when you have a total of 17 or more. Otherwise, you're going to hit except in a few cases where you'll be better offer surrendering or doubling. Surrender with 16 against a 9 or better, and surrender with a 15 against a 10 only. Other than that, hit until you have at least 17 or go bust.

Here's the second rule: Play passively with totals of 12 or higher when facing dealer cards of six and lower. When the dealer has these cards, he or she is more likely to go bust, so you have to avoid situations where you could go bust as well. You should always stand in these scenarios except when you have 12 and you're facing a two or three. Go ahead and hit once in these situations since the chances of getting a good hand outweigh the chances of your dealer going bust.

The only other rules you need to learn to play hard hands well is when to double. Start off by doubling every single 11 except for when you're facing an Ace. If you have ten, then you should double unless you're up against a ten or an ace. You can also double nines against weak dealer cards except for twos.

If you follow all of these rules, then you'll be playing expert level blackjack within just a few sessions when it comes to the hard hands. The soft hands and pairs are easy to learn once you are playing the hard hands correctly 100 percent of the time. Overall, the hard hands teach you the most basic principles of blackjack like strong and weak dealer cards and when to double.

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