Multi-Deck Blackjack: Dealer Stands Soft 17

Basic Blackjack Strategy

Multi-deck blackjack is played with 4+ decks and this Basic Blackjack Strategy Chart below is where the dealer stands on a soft 17.

The rules and conditions of multi-deck blackjack may vary from one casino to another. Make sure that you are familiar with both the rules and basic blackjack strategy to prepare yourself to play, whether as a top card counter or as an amateur who enjoys an occasional casino outing.

Depending on the individual casino policy, a dealer may or may not hit on soft 17. Soft 17 is a blackjack that consists of an Ace used as 11 plus a Six. Any other hand that adds up to 17 points (Seven plus a Ten or a face card, for example) is referred to as hard 17.

The blackjack table layout will tell you whether the dealer hits on soft 17. It will be written right there: “Dealer Hits Soft 17.” Otherwise it will say: “Dealer Must Stand on all 17.” The house edge is somewhat higher when the soft 17 rule is used.

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

Multi-Deck Stand Soft 17 BJ

Blackjack Player's Choices

When you have the initial cards dealt in front of you, it is time to choose a strategy: hit, stand, pair splitting, doubling down, even money or surrendering.

Hit: To let the dealer know that you would like to be dealt another card, use your finger to either beckon towards the dealer or to tap the table in back of your cards. Receiving another card means that your hand may go over 21. In this case, you need to give up your cards and you will lose your wager.

Stand: If you are satisfied with your hand as is, you may show the dealer that you do not want to draw any more cards. Either wave your hand over your card pile or turn the pile sideways to a horizontal direction.

Pair Splitting: When your initial cards form a pair, you may opt to split the cards into 2 completely separate hands. Place an additional wager equal to your first one, and you are ready to build up your 2 new hands. When playing by the classic rules of blackjack, a pair consists of 2 cards of the same denomination (for example, 2 Fours) and the pair may only be split one time per round.

However, different variations of blackjack rules may permit resplitting, either endlessly or with certain restrictions. Similarly, splitting a pair of equal face value but different denominations may be acceptable although since the only possible combination of this type would consist of 2 cards valued at 10 each (Ten, Jack, Queen or King), it would not be considered wise in terms of blackjack strategy.

Virtually all blackjack strategists recommend splitting a pair of Aces. Subsequently, you may hit only once for each of the new hands formed.

Doubling Down: A player who is dealt a good initial hand may decide that the best strategy in his case is to double his original wager, by placing another chip next to his or her original one. He/she is then permitted to draw only one more card. The rule in some casinos is to allow doubling down only on an initial hand worth 10 or 11.

Surrendering (also called Late Surrender): When a player decides that he does not want to continue to play out the round, he may opt to surrender after the dealer has checked his hole card for a blackjack. The player “surrenders” his cards and half of his wager.

Even Money (Insurance): A player may find himself with a blackjack following the initial deal, when the dealer has an Ace showing. In this case, the player may wish to take insurance before the dealer has examined his own cards looking for a blackjack. This will result in a 1:1 yield for the player.


Blackjack is an exciting casino table game that appeals equally to both novice and veteran players. Winning at this popular game depends on a delicate balance of luck and strategy.

Please keep in mind that any strategies and rules we offer here are strictly for the sake of entertainment. Gamble responsibly, remembering that the house always wins in the long term.

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