GENERIC BASIC STRATEGY
THE HIGH-LOW SYSTEM
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Standing at Blackjack
If you do not double down you should hit a soft total of seventeen or less and stand with a soft total of nineteen or more. With soft eighteen if you do not double down you should stand against 2 through 8, and hit against 9 or 10. Against ace you should hit soft eighteen when the count per deck is less than +1, but stand when the count per deck is greater than or equal to +1.
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Table 10 covers hard standing. With a total of eleven or less, never stand. With a hard total of twelve or more, you should be more likely to stand when the count per deck is higher.
You have 9-8 for a total of seventeen against 2; table 10 says to stand.
You have 10-4 for fourteen against 8; table 10 says to hit.
You have 2-6 for a total of eight against 10; you ask for a hit. Suppose you receive a 7 to bring your total to fifteen. If the count per deck is less than +4, you should ask for another hit; if the count per deck equals or exceeds +4, you should stand.
If the Dealer Hits Soft Seventeen
Tables 4-10 assume that the dealer stands on soft seventeen. If you are playing blackjack at a casino where the dealer hits soft seventeen, you should play slightly differently primarily against an ace.
The differences against an ace are:
You will be more likely to hit soft eighteen,
more likely to stand on hard sixteen or hard fifteen,
more likely to double down on eleven,
and more likely to split 9-9.
Hitting soft seventeen has these effects on strategy because the dealer is less likely to finish the hand with exactly seventeen and is more likely to bust.
The major changes to make to tables 4-10 if the dealer hits soft seventeen are as follows:
Summary Strategy Tables
Tables 11 and 12 Summarize strategy decision numbers for the high-low count. Table 11 applies if the dealer stands on soft seventeen, and table 12 applies if the dealer hits soft seventeen. Table 12 includes the major changes listed above.
Tables 11 and 12 ignore surrender; if you can surrender you will have to add table 4 or 5.
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