# Questions tagged [blackjack]

A card game commonly played in casinos pitting each player against the dealer in a partial-information competition to collect cards totaling as close to 21 as possible without going over.

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### Why is it optimal to hit with a high total against a high card?

Blackjack charts of optimal play tell me that if I have 16, the dealer shows 10, and I can't surrender, I should hit. But my intuition tells me I should stand. Eight of the fifteen card values I could ...
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### Friendly Blackjack, with players edge over the house?

I am hosting a casino-night party. These are not money games, but there are prizes at the end of the night for whoever wins the most chips overall. I will be dealing blackjack. I want my players ...
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### Blackjack: do casinos have to use full decks?

In blackjack, with the assumption of a six-deck shoe, does the casino have to use six true decks of cards (i.e all the cards have equal probability at the start, there are only (52x6)! possible ...
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### Do you surrender or split 8s against 9, X or A in Blackjack using Basic Strategy

I am confused about the standard basic strategy chart of Blackjack in the case of double 8s. Usually following basic strategy involves the following sequence of playing decisions in that order: One ...
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### Does the "unnatural" blackjack after splitting push with the dealer?

If I split aces, and get an "unnatural" (as they say in casinos), does the ante push if the dealer draws into a blackjack too, or does the dealer win? I know, that it usually pays 1:1 at the ...
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### BlackJack Basic Strategy

I have been practicing basic strategy in BlackJack, and I have noticed that with every basic strategy chart I find that in terms of hard totals they all stop at 17. Why is this? And if I want to find ...
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### Can multiple Blackjack Aces have value 1? [duplicate]

What will be the value of this hand? 2, 9, A, 4, A May it be 17? Or it must be 27? In this situation can every Ace count as 1, or there must be one Ace as 11?
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### How do blackjack simulations work?

The basic strategy of blackjack has been built using computer simulations. Let's say I program the simulation's "player" to play with a certain strategy, hitting, standing or whatever given certain ...
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### Deviations from basic strategy due to the count in blackjack?

Should you ever deviate from basic strategy due to the count? Lets take for example a situation in which the dealer's up card is a 4 and you have a 12. Basic strategy would tell you to stand and not ...
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### Why does the dealer in blackjack receive only one face-up card, not two like the players?

In Blackjack, at the start of each hand, every player is dealt two cards face up. The dealer receives only one card face up. What is the reason for this difference? Why aren't the dealer's cards ...
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### If Dealer is dealt an ace, and then dealt another card, will he bust?

I recently saw this play (not in an official casino, but essentially friends playing with themselves): Dealer was dealt a 2 and an Ace. Being forced to hit, dealer was dealt a 10. Player argued ...
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### Player insurance on natural player blackjack

Assuming that the dealer has a ACE as their up-card. Then normally, the player is asked to take insurance. If the player has natural blackjack, can he still take insurance? If the bet value is \$1 ...
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### Is the dealer's hand considered soft if he hits himself with an ace?

In Blackjack, is the dealer's hand considered soft if he hits himself with an ace after dealing himself a hand which did not initially have an ace? To clarify alternatively, is it only soft if his ...
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### Can different Aces have different values?

I understand that Aces are worth either 1 Point or 11 Points, depending on the player's will. But how are multiple Aces valued? Here are some examples: Ace, Nine, Ace Is this always x+9+x, where: ...
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### Blackjack Strategy Chart for only hitting and standing

I'm try to program a blackjack strategy which makes use of a predetermined chart of moves given the dealer's upcard and the user's hand total. The version I'm implementing only allows hitting and ...
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### Is it possible to count cards by literally counting cards?

Typical card-counting, which treats 2,3,4,5,and 6 as "+1" and 10's as "-1", requires card counters to keep track of each card as it's dealt. I wonder if you can get a reasonable approximation of this ...
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### Blackjack: If you're insured, and bust, do you collect on the insurance?

In Blackjack, if the dealer's initial draw reveals an Ace, players are allowed to "insure" against a dealer having a natural blackjack. If the dealer turns out to have a natural blackjack, the player ...
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### Blackjack: Why use a Suit Aware card counting system?

In my recent study of card counting systems, I've run into a few systems that are "Suit Aware." A couple of examples include the KISS 2 and KISS 3 methods. Specifically, in the KISS 2 system, the ...
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### How do casinos split uneven bet?

For example if I bet \$5 and get a blackjack that pays 3:2, this means that I should get payed 7.5. The problem is that the there is no \$0.5 dollar chip. How this situation is handled in the casinos?
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### Are you allowed to play Blackjack on your own with one hand?

My dad said the house has the advantage in Blackjack because you can't play one hand against the dealer, you can only play on your own if you play two hands, and this gives them an edge. I know their ...
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### Are cut cards reshuffled in blackjack?

In blackjack, card deck is reshuffled once there are less than 60 to 75 undrawn cards left in the deck. Are these cards included in next shuffle session and then cut again, or are these particular ...
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### In Blackjack, does the dealer reveal his hole card if you bust?

I specifically like to know whether the dealer reveals his hole card when you bust in Atlantic City casinos (if the dealer doesn't have Blackjack). Or does the dealer just pull the card away without ...
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### What are the Blackjack rules used in Atlantic City casinos?

I understand that Blackjack in Atlantic City casinos is regulated by the state and that they determine the rules of Blackjack that all the casinos must adhere to. Specifically, I would like to know: ...
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### Best place around the table in Blackjack

I've read a few theories regarding which seat is the best in Blackjack. I haven't been able to figure out if my own theory is correct. It won't apply to many situations, but when it does, I believe ...
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### Counting in Blackjack using Uston APC

Note: Please see my edit to see how I am doing it now. I am making a simple blackjack game that only uses 1 deck and I read that Uston APC is the best one for just 1 deck. There is no doubling or ...
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### Is a deck with extra aces more beneficial to a dealer, or a player?

If a deck, being used for BlackJack, contains extra Aces, does the dealer have an advantage, or vice versa. Additionally, do less aces cause an effect on the dealer or players advantage?
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### Is it possible for players to gain an advantage from colluding in blackjack?

Blackjack basic strategy makes the assumption that the player is playing independently, with one person's decision to hit/stand having no affect on another player's decision to hit/stand. If the ...
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### What are a blackjack dealer's options?

Everywhere I read manuals it focuses my options as a player. I can't figure out if the dealer knows his hidden card or not? Of course, when dealer has 10 or Ace showing, he checks if he's got a ...
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### Why is card counting considered illegal in Blackjack?

As far as I can see, a card counter is still subject to the same mechanic as any other players, but they are able to perform better then most people within these confines. So why is card counting a ...
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### Can "aggressive" or unusual play in blackjack get someone thrown out of a casino?

One example of such a play is "splitting tens." That is an agressive play that's usually foolish, except when someone is "card counting"? When suspected, card counters are "barred" from casinos (or ...
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### Can casinos protect themselves against card counters by limiting bet variations in blackjack?

For reason discussed below, "card counters" make their money by observing the flow of cards as they leave the deck. This is legal in most cases (although it's a felony to use a "device" such as a ...
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### Flashcards to learn Blackjack strategy table?

I want to remember this basic Blackjack strategy table. Is there a flashcards deck to learn them? (by spaced repetition) Preferably in Anki format, but other formats are fine too.
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