

Blackjack Strategy Guide
A majority of serious Blackjack players like to gain a level of understanding about Blackjack Strategy before getting stuck into game play. Here, we provide useful information relating to Basic Strategy which are certain to help you make more wellinformed choices and play optimally, reducing the Casino's advantage.
Optimal Plays & Basic Strategy
Your hand

Dealer's faceup card


2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
A 
Hard totals (excluding pairs)

1720

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
16

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
SU 
SU 
SU 
15

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
SU 
H 
1314

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
12

H 
H 
S 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
11

Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
10

Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
9

H 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
58

H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
Soft totals


2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
A 
A,8 A,9

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
A,7

S 
Ds 
Ds 
Ds 
Ds 
S 
S 
H 
H 
H 
A,6

H 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A,4 A,5

H 
H 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
A,2 A,3

H 
H 
H 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
Pairs


2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
A 
A,A

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
10,10

S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
S 
9,9

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
S 
SP 
SP 
S 
S 
8,8

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
7,7

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
6,6

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
5,5

Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
Dh 
H 
H 
4,4

H 
H 
H 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
H 
2,2 3,3

SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
SP 
H 
H 
H 
H 
The above is a basic strategy table for 3 or more decks, dealer stands on soft 17, double on any 2 cards, double after split allowed, dealer peeks for blackjack, and blackjack pays 3:2.
Key:
 S = Stand
 H = Hit
 Dh = Double (if not
allowed, then hit)
 Ds = Double (if not
allowed, then stand)
 SP = Split
 SU = Surrender (if
not allowed, then hit)
Learn more about Blackjack Strategy and tips adopted by winning Blackjack pros by checking out How to Win at Blackjack and Card Counting. The more knowledge you have in your hands, the better player you can be.

