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Two deck blackjack strategy chart

Originally, blackjack was played with just one deck. However, savvy gamblers known as advantage players began to use certain strategies, such as counting cards, in order to better predict the dealer’s moves and so to increase their own chances of winning at blackjack. Therefore casinos began adding a second deck to the play to make it more difficult to count cards. Now it’s gotten to the point where many casinos use up to eight decks for their blackjack games. Playing two deck blackjack, also known as double deck blackjack, offers a lower house edge than games with greater numbers of cards, but casinos generally make up for that by paying out lower odds.

Two Deck Strategy Chart

Gamblers are famous for their inventiveness. Over the years, blackjack players have worked out charts for planning game strategy, adapted for blackjack games using various numbers of decks. Use only a two deck strategy chart when you are playing double deck blackjack, as it has been specially designed for this type of play. Such a chart will plot the cards you have in your hand, together with the dealer’s up (visible) card, to advise you on your next move. This type of chart works best, of course, when combined with a good grasp of the rules and regulations of the game.

Strategy Chart Terminology

Read the chart carefully and make sure you understand all the terminology. “Hit,” “Stand,” “Split” and “Double” are familiar concepts even to beginning blackjack players. But what does it mean when it says that the dealer hits or stands on “Soft 17”? Soft 17 refers to a hand with a total value of 17 points, including an Ace which is counted as 11 points. There is no way for a single hit to make this hand bust, because even if the card drawn is worth more than 4 points, the Ace can then be counted as 1.

How to Use a Strategy Chart

Consider the strategy chart a guide. Use it as a tool together with your knowledge and understanding of the game, as well as your instincts. The two deck strategy chart will be most useful to you if you practice with it until it becomes very familiar, before you try using the strategy in an actual game. Study the chart, and then try shuffling and dealing two decks at home just like a blackjack dealer would. See how good you are at predicting the results. Online casinos are the ideal situation for further practice at blackjack strategy. Use “play for free” double deck blackjack games as the venue for you to test out the game and hone your moves.

Double Deck, 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 D 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 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 D 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 P P P P P H/P H H H H
7,7 P P P P P P H/P 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
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