Adopting a strategy for Blackjack can assist you in playing the game quicker and with a more consistent approach, as well as help you in scenarios when you are unsure as to how to proceed with your hand. Outlined in this article is an advanced Blackjack strategy that will advise you on what to do with every possible opening hand and for when the dealer has every possible opening card value.
Why should you adopt a Blackjack strategy?
Aside from the aforementioned reasons in the introduction, Blackjack is primarily a game of weighing up probabilities. While there is no strategy capable of guaranteeing that you can win any given round, strategies can be used to give yourself the best possible of winning depending on the how likely each outcome is to occur from your opening hand and the dealer’s opening card.
Adopting any Blackjack strategy is ultimately a feat of memory. The best way to learn one is to try and retain as much information from it as you can, and play rounds of Blackjack while attempting to remember what the strategy suggests for your hand as quickly as possible.
If you keep doing this and referring to the strategy to address gaps in your knowledge as your learn, adopting the strategy during a round of Blackjack should become second nature.
Advanced Blackjack strategy
If you have read our general guide on how to play Blackjack, you would have seen that we included a basic Blackjack strategy advising on whether you should hit or stand for any given hand. The strategy outlined below is a more advanced version, and also details when you should double down, split or surrender when these options are available to you.
If you want to learn more about how these strategy charts work and the reasons behind what they recommend, this is covered in the articles on when to double down, split or surrender. Please note that the strategy charts outlined below assume four to eight decks in play with the dealer hitting on a soft 17.
Blackjack strategy charts
Advanced Blackjack strategy: Hard hands
This is a strategy chart for when your hand has a ‘hard’ value (the Ace is worth one).
Advanced Blackjack strategy: Soft hands
This is a strategy chart for when your hand has a ‘soft’ value (the Ace is worth 11).
Advanced Blackjack strategy: Pairs
This is a strategy chart for when your initial hand is comprised of a pair.
Learn more about Blackjack
If you’re looking for general advice on how to play Blackjack, read our guide to Blackjack. If you want to learn more on how to inform your Blackjack strategy, remember to read our articles on how to double down, split or surrender, alongside how to place a side bet or insurance bet. If you want to learn more about Blackjack beyond how to play the game, you can read about the history of Blackjack.