Gastaozinho
Gastaozinho
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January 24th, 2017 at 1:42:36 PM permalink
Hi!
I just started to play at an online Casino at a UE country.
Once we double a soft hand the ace allways counts as 1 (one).
So, I think, that the basic of Balckjack doesn´t uplies (the part of the card concern to soft hands).
Any of you know a casino with this kind of rule?
With this rule witch is the blackjack basic strategie?
Thanks,
Jose
Romes
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Gastaozinho
January 25th, 2017 at 7:25:39 AM permalink
Hi Gastaozinho, and welcome to the forums.

Off the top of my head I would definitely say that you should double soft hands less. After all, the more small cards that 'used' to be good for the player now is not. For example if you have A-5 and the dealer has a 6 showing... Before, you could catch an A, 2, 3, 4, or 5 to technically "improve" your hand. However now there is NO card to come that will improve your hand... Catching a 10 valued card still puts you at 16, and anything less simply results in a smaller amount.

The only soft double that I could think of would be A-8 vs dealer 6 in a H17 game to maybe still double, although now that I say that realizing this is already a close play and now we're taking out the A and 2 from "good" cards this probably isn't a double either.

So off the top of my head I wouldn't double soft hands. Do they still treat the A as 1 if you just hit for other basic strategy decisions? What happens if you have A-5, the dealer has a 9 up, and you hit and draw another 5?
Playing it correctly means you've already won.
Gastaozinho
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January 25th, 2017 at 3:33:09 PM permalink
Thanks.

I will check that.

know I´m not doubling down soft hands.
I Just hit till I get a value of 17 or more.
(A 5 I hit, A 6 I stand)

In the house rules they wrote that the return for the player is 99,65%.
(quite good)

Six decks.

Do you know other casinos with this kind of rule?

Best regards,
Jose
Romes
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January 26th, 2017 at 7:57:56 AM permalink
I've never heard of a casino that has this double rule, but then again blackjack is 'fairly' standardized in the US with minor changes. I could imagine foreign casinos could have all kinds of rules as this.

Also, while situational, I would think you still want to hit your A-6. 17 is a weak hand, as it can't beat anything other than a dealer bust. A-6 is a "free" hit to improve your hand... though like I asked above it would be good to know if you hit it, if it also treats the Ace as 1 for the rest of the hand or not.
Playing it correctly means you've already won.
Gastaozinho
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January 26th, 2017 at 12:02:59 PM permalink
Thanks!

Yes!

You are rigth!

The Ace counts as 1 or 11 if I hit.

(it just counts allways as 1 if I double the hand wich has an ance on the two inicial cards)

I´ll start hitting a soft 17.

Thanks.
Gastaozinho
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January 26th, 2017 at 12:12:56 PM permalink
In this online casino I think the player chances are still quite fair.

Having said that, I just noticed that a litle bit too late.

The main lesson is: find the rules, and read it!

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