Multi-Deck Blackjack: Dealer Hits Soft 17

Multi-Deck Basic Blackjack Strategy Dealer Hits on Soft 17

Multi-Deck blackjack is played with four decks or more andand this Basic Blackjack Strategy Chart below is where the dealer will hit on soft 17.

Each casino may use a slightly different version of the rules for multi-deck blackjack. Take the time to get to know the rules and game strategy before beginning to play, no matter whether your goal is to become a professional card sharp or to enjoy a few hours’ of entertainment at the casino table.

According to some casino rules, the dealer hits on soft 17. Soft 17 is a blackjack hand made up of a Six and an Ace which is being counted as 11 points. Any other combination that adds up to a value of 17, for example Ten plus Seven, is called “hard 17.”

To determine whether a dealer hits on soft 17, look at the blackjack table layout. There you will see written one of 2 alternatives, either: “Dealer Hits Soft 17” or “Dealer Must Stand on all 17.” With the soft 17 rule, the house will have an edge that is a bit higher than otherwise.

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Multi-Deck Basic Blackjack Strategy Chart - Dealer Hits on Soft 17

Multi-Deck Hit Soft 17 BJ

Blackjack Player's Choices

After the first hand has been dealt, the player will proceed with one of the following strategies: hit, stand, pair splitting, doubling down, even money or surrendering.

Hit: When a player wants to be dealt another card, he/she can indicate this to the dealer in one of 2 ways. Either he/she will use his finger to make a beckoning motion toward the dealer or he/she will tap the table behind his card pile with that finger. If the requested card brings his hand value over 21 points, he/she will lose his wager and must give up the cards.

Stand: If a player is happy with his initial 2 cards (for example, he/she has blackjack or 20 points), he may indicate tot the dealer that he/ she does not want to draw again. The accepted signal for this is either waving a hand over the cards or turning the pile to the horizontal.

Pair Splitting: When the initial deal gives the player a pair (2 Threes or 2 Jacks, for instance), he/she may split the pair to start 2 new hands. He/she adds an additional wager in the same amount as the first hand. According to classic blackjack rules, the cards must be of the same denomination and not just the same face value (say, a Queen and a King). A player may only split once per hand.

However, there are other versions of the rules which allow splitting a dissimilar pair of the same face value, although this could only be done with hands totaling 20 (some combination of Ten, Jack, Queen or King). Normally it is not good strategy to split a hand valued at 20. Some rules will allow endless resplitting, but others limit it.

Splitting a pair of Aces is universally considered to be sound blackjack strategy. Most rules then permit only one card to be drawn for each hand formed in this manner.

Doubling Down: A player with a promising hand may opt to double the original wager and draw just one additional card. This is signaled to the dealer by placing another chip next to the first chip bet. Some casino rules limit this to apply only to hands with an initial value of 10 or 11.

Surrendering (also called “late surrender”): When a player does not wish to continue with the cards he has been dealt, he may give up these cards and forfeit half his bet. He then sits out the rest of the round. This is permitted after the first 2 cards have been dealt and the dealer has checked his cards for a blackjack. In some rare cases it may be allowed before the dealer has checked his cards.

Even Money (Insurance): When a player has a blackjack and the dealer has an Ace showing, the player may take “insurance” before the dealer inspects his second card. This will pay off at 1:1. Insurance is not recommended as a blackjack strategy


Both new and more experienced players recognize blackjack as an exciting game which combines elements of luck and strategy.

The strategies and tips offered here in this website are for purposes of amusement only. We urge players to gamble responsibly to remember that the house always wins in the end.

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