confused-please help!
  • hello, i'm new here and love to play blackjack. my only problem is that I have a problem with the soft aces. i think I have them down pat, then don't you know I make an error. is there any directions on how to hit or stand on the soft aces which I can read anywhere? I've read some books, but I still seem to make mistakes. I'm confused and want to know for sure before I hit the casino. thanks!
  • bellygirl said:
    hello, i'm new here and love to play blackjack. my only problem is that I have a problem with the soft aces. i think I have them down pat, then don't you know I make an error. is there any directions on how to hit or stand on the soft aces which I can read anywhere? I've read some books, but I still seem to make mistakes. I'm confused and want to know for sure before I hit the casino. thanks!


    The easiest way to remember how to play soft hands is the following:
    A-6 (soft 17) is always hit or double, never stand. If the double rules below fit, double, otherwise hit. _never_ stand.

    Next, A8-A9-A10 you stand. Once you learn (if you try) to count cards, there are exceptions there such as doubling when you have A-8 in some circumstances. But not for a BS player.

    A7 you double if the doubling rules below apply, otherwise you stand unless the dealer has a 9, 10 or A up, where you would then hit.

    doubling is pretty easy. Remember the "rule of 9". you have A-X, dealer has a Y up. If X + Y is >= 9, and Y is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (bust cards only) then you double. So A3 vs 6 is a double. A5 vs a 3 is hit. And remember you do not double against a 2 up period.

    Exceptions: Always double A4 vs 4. Always double A2-A3-A4-A5-A6 vs a 5 or 6.

    The hardest ones to remember for most are the doubling options, and the rule of 9 will cover most cases, and the double almost all soft hands vs 5 or 6 catches the rest, assuming you remember the earlier rules on when to stand..
  • thanks a lot! I'm going to print and study those rules for soft hands. all the other stuff I have down pat, but those soft hands throw me.
  • Well the only way to surely learn them and be 100% accurate is to practice practice practice. Play the Hit or Stand game on this website untill you get good. Get to the bonus round and improve on knowing those hands without having to think about it. If you have to think about it then surely you don't know them 100% pat. Why go to the casino and make tons of errors if you are not ready? Practice at home first.

    When I first started learning BS I had the same toruble as you with soft hands. I knew them, but when you play in an actual game I would stop and think or maybe forget them. The Hit or Stand game on this site will straighten that out the more times you play. Time you put in to learn something depends on how serious you are about learning it.


    Another way is to make Basic Strategy flash cards. Get index cards and write the players hand from the basic strategy chart on one side, and on the other side write what the chart says you should do.

    Example: On one side write: A,5. On the other side write the correct move: DD (double down) on 4 thru 6 otherwise hit.

    Go thru them and look at the players hand, then say out loud what the correct move is. Keep doing that. If you still have trouble with certain ones, take those flash cards and put them aside and just practice them.

    Perfect practice makes perfect.
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  • Belly girl -- for soft doubling, here's the Rule of 9, short and sweet.

    Whenever you have a POTENTIAL doubling hand of A/2 thru A/7 against a dealer's low card (2 thru 6), follow these 3 rules:

    A) NEVER double against a deuce
    B) ALWAYS double against a 5 or 6
    C) against a 3 or 4, follow the Rule of 9.

    The rule of 9 says to add the dealer's up-card to your kicker (the card next to your Ace). If they total 9 or more, DOUBLE. If it's less, HIT.
  • Never double if the dealer shows a 7-A you always have negative value when the dealer shows a 7 or more. If doubling is only allowed on 10 and 11 hit ACE-2-6 always and hit Ace-7 soft 18 against 9 and 10 stand against an ace.
    For ace-2-5 you have absolutely nothing to lose by taking a card stand is the equivalant of staying on 6. For soft 17 you have 4 places to move up by hitting and only one place to move down because all final standing hands of 16 or less are equivalant.
  • Try using the trainer at www.blackjack-bst.com. Fast and good. The main thing is to keep praticing.
  • thanks for all the help. i printed it all and am studying it. I also love that website-great trainer!!! I got my chips out and am practice with my money strategy too. I'm going to Detroit in a few weeks, and I'm nervous.

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