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Four or more deck blackjack strategy chart

Blackjack has evolved from a card comparing game that was originally played with one single deck of standard playing cards, minus the jokers. Over time, the house edge was reduced and casino profits threatened as some players devised systems of counting cards. This allowed them to judge how many ten point value cards (Ten, Jack, Queen, King) had already been dealt and from there to predict future moves more easily. As a result casino operators began adding more decks to the play. Nowadays, many popular casinos use from four decks up to as many as eight decks altogether in their blackjack games.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Multi Decks

Playing with multiple decks changes the face of blackjack. There are a number of player advantages. Busts are less likely, since you can theoretically end up with a hand of as many as 10 twos, for example, without busting – which is definitely not possible with a single or even a double deck game! However, this actually helps the dealer more than it does you, since he is forced to hit more often. Another disadvantage is that you will reach blackjack, with its 3:2 payoff, less frequently. And of course, the house has a higher edge with multi deck play than single or double deck, although they may take measures to even the odds.

Why Use a Blackjack Strategy Chart

Because blackjack is a complex game, with room for skill and good judgment as well as random chance, you can develop your expertise. One way that experienced players have devised through careful mathematical analysis is blackjack strategy charts. These plot the possible values you might hold in your hand, together with the dealer’s up card, and predict the best next move for you. Obviously, it is important to use a suitable chart, i.e. a four or more deck blackjack strategy chart when you are playing a game using multiple decks. The right chart has been adjusted for all the variables you will encounter in a multi deck game.

Getting Started

If you are a newbie at blackjack, you can start by learning the rules and the terminology of the game. Make sure you know the values of each card in the deck (Ten, Jack, Queen and King = 10 points, Ace can be either 1 or 11 and all other cards are counted at face value). Then check out a chart showing the basic blackjack strategy. Practice with the chart until you are very familiar with it. Two ways of doing this are to simulate blackjack action by dealing four or more decks of cards while observing the cards that turn up and any patterns you may see, and by playing free blackjack at online casinos, using your chart.

4+ Decks, Dealer Hits on Soft 17
Your
Hand
Dealers Card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D D
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H/R H/R
16 S S S S S H H H/R H/R H/R
17 S S S S S S S S S S/R
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,7 Ds Ds Ds Ds Ds S S H H H
A,8 S S S S Ds S S S S S
2,2 H/P H/P P P P P H H H H
3,3 H/P H/P P P P P H H H H
4,4 H H H H/P H/P H H H H H
5,5 D D D D D D D D H H
6,6 H/P P P P P H H H H H
7,7 P P P P P P H H H H
8,8 P P P P P P P P P R/P
9,9 P P P P P S P P S S
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
A,A P P P P P P P P P P
H Hit
S Stand
D Double if allowed, else hit
DS Double if allowed, else stand
P Split
H/P Split if double after split, else hit
S/P Split if double after split, else stand
D/P Split if double after split, else double
H/R Surrender if allowed, else hit
S/R Surrender if allowed, else stand
4+ Decks, Dealer Stands on Soft 17
Your
Hand
Dealers Card
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H/R H
16 S S S S S H H H/R H/R H/R
17 S S S S S S S S S S
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,7 S Ds Ds Ds Ds S S H H H
A,8 S S S S S S S S S S
2,2 H/P H/P P P P P H H H H
3,3 H/P H/P P P P P H H H H
4,4 H H H H/P H/P H H H H H
5,5 D D D D D D D D H H
6,6 H/P P P P P H H H H H
7,7 P P P P P P H H H H
8,8 P P P P P P P P P P
9,9 P P P P P S P P S S
10,10 S S S S S S S S S S
A,A P P P P P P P P P P
H Hit
S Stand
D Double if allowed, else hit
DS Double if allowed, else stand
P Split
H/P Split if double after split, else hit
D/P Split if double after split, else double
H/R Surrender if allowed, else hit
S/R Surrender if allowed, else stand