# 2-Deck Blackjack: Dealer Hits Soft 17

2-deck blackjack, also known as double-deck blackjack, is played with two decks and the dealer hits on a soft 17. The rules of 2-deck blackjack may be slightly different from one casino to the next. However, the dealer hits on soft 17. The first two cards are dealt to the player face down. Any cards drawn after the first two are dealt face up.

Learn basic blackjack strategy before beginning to play. Whether you hope to make a fortune counting cards or simply enjoy playing a few rounds of blackjack at the casino table, there are some important pointers to follow.

In blackjack, the Ace may be valued as either 1 or 11. A hand containing an Ace counted as 11 is called “soft.” If the dealer’s first two cards are an Ace and a 6, his hand is known as soft 17. Any other combination totaling 17 points is hard 17. In some casinos, the blackjack dealer may hit on soft 17. This means that he may draw an additional card.

To find out whether this is an option, take a look at the blackjack table layout. It will say either “Dealer Hits Soft 17” or “Dealer Must Stand on all 17.” The soft 17 rule will increase the house edge by a small amount

Click for information on history, how to play, terminology/glossary, table layout and blackjack card counting.

## Blackjack Player's Choices

The player must choose one of the following actions: hit, stand, pair splitting, doubling down, even money or surrendering.

Hit: The player beckons to the dealer or taps his finger on the table behind his cards to show that he wants another card. Once this card has been dealt, the total value of the player’s hand is calculated. If it adds up to more than 21, the player busts and loses his bet.

Stand: The player motions that he does not want to be dealt any additional cards. This can be shown by either waving one’s hands over the cards or turning the cards horizontally.

Pair Splitting: When the first two cards dealt to a player make up a pair, this pair of cards can be split to make up two separate hands. The player then is required to place a wager on the additional pair, which is equivalent in value to his first wager. Always splitting Aces is considered good strategy, although generally the player will be allowed to draw only one additional card for each Ace.

To split a pair, the two cards must be of the same denomination (for example, 2 Sixes) and not merely equal in value (for instance, a Jack and a Queen, each worth 10 points) according to the rules of classical blackjack, which also restrict splitting a pair to one time per player per hand. Certain casinos follow different rules which permit splitting a non-identical pair of equal value (such as a Ten and a Jack) as well as resplitting (splitting into additional hands) if the second card dealt to the player on either of his split hands makes a pair with the first card. In fact, at some casinos, a player would be allowed theoretically to continue to resplit for as long as his cards permitted, while in other casinos, there is a limit to the number of splits.

Doubling Down: Once a player has looked at their cards, they may decide that they have a strong hand. In this case, the player has the option to double their bet, by placing another chip next to their initial chip wager. After that, they will be dealt only one more card. A combined value of 10 or 11 for the first two cards may be a prerequisite to doubling down, depending on casino policy.

Surrendering (otherwise known as “late surrender”): Is a player option after the first 2 cards have been dealt. Generally this is permissible only after the dealer has checked his / her own cards for a blackjack, although in extremely rare cases it may be done before the dealer looks at his / her cards. The player may choose to give up his hand, whereupon his cards are removed from the blackjack table. By doing so, he forfeits half his wager and is out of the game for the rest of that round.

Even Money: Even money is also called “insurance.” This is an option available to a player who has blackjack when the dealer has an Ace showing. It insures that the player will receive 1:1 before the player examines his other card. Blackjack strategy usually advises against taking an insurance bet.

## Summary

Blackjack is a game that fascinates experienced players and newcomers equally, with its combination of strategy and luck.

We present these strategies and rules strictly for the purpose of entertainment. Players are urged to gamble responsibly. Keep in mind that the house always wins in the long run.

## Blackjack Resources

Click for a full range of blackjack resources like the history of the game, how to play, card counting, glossary and much more: