Winning Blackjack – Optimum Strategy For Hard Hands

Hard blackjack hands are defined as hands that do not contain an ace which can be counted as eleven. For example you are dealt an ace and a two. Correct strategy requires you to hit and you get a queen. You now have a hard hand totaling thirteen.

Playing hard hands of eight or less requires no thought, just hit. You can’t bust. If you have a six and a three or any other nine count, double down if the dealer’s upcard is a three, four, five, or six; otherwise hit. Dealer is weakest at six, then five, then four, then three, then two. Any other upcard and dealer has a good chance of winning.

For a ten-count, double if dealer shows two through nine, and hit if dealer has a ten-card or an ace. If your hand totals eleven, double if dealer shows two through ten, and hit if his upcard is an ace. The player is in a weak but not hopeless position with twelve. If the dealer has a two or three showing, hit. You’ve got to try to get better. If the dealer shows four, five, or six, stand, cross your fingers, and pray the dealer busts.

Treat any hard hand of thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, or sixteen the same way. With these hands, stand if the dealer shows two through six, and hit if the dealer shows a seven, eight, nine, ten-card, or ace. It’s very tough psychologically to hit when you have a sixteen showing, but if the dealer has an eight up, you’ve probably already lost. So grit you teeth, and signal the dealer to hit you.