## Strategy for Hard Hands and Soft Hands

Internet blackjack is for players who want to take control of his destiny as much as possible. It is vital to have a good strategy in order to increase the chance of winning.

To start learning the blackjack strategy, learn first the dissimilarity of "hard" hands, "soft" hands and pairs. A hard hand is where the dealt cards has no ace. A soft hand has an ace. A pair is of course two same card number or face. Each of these has a breakdown based on mathematical calculations that increases the probability to succeed.

The basic blackjack strategy may sound so easy to remember for someone with a common sense and some practice. A safe way in making a decision is by assuming that the card beneath the dealer or the card he is about to receive has a value of 10. With that in mind, the player should place judgment against his own hand's HIT or STAND.

If the total in hand is 15, a good idea is to STAND if the dealer has a 6 for a face-up card. But if the dealer is showing he has a 10, the player may decide to HIT since there could be a chance that dealer has 20 on hand.

Listed below is the easiest and best detailed approach to remember and use.

Hard Hands Less than or equal to 8, at all times, HIT. Equal to 9, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 3-6 or else, HIT. Equal to 10, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 2-9 or else HIT. Equal to 11, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 2-10 or else HIT. Equal to 12, HIT if dealer has 2 or 3, STAND if he has 4-6 or else HIT. Equal to 13 to 16, STAND since dealer has 2-6 or else HIT. Equal to 17 to 21, at all times, STAND.

Soft Hands A-2 or A-3, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 5 or 6 - or else HIT. A-4 or A-5, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 4-6 - or else HIT. A-6, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 3-6 - or else HIT. A-7, DOUBLING DOWN since dealer has 3-6, STAND on 2,7, or 8 - or else HIT. A-8 or A-9, at all times, STAND.

Splitting Pairs 8-8 or Ace-Ace, at all times, split. 2-2 or 3-3, split since dealer has 2-7 or else HIT. 4-4, split since dealer has 4 or 5 or else HIT. 5-5, DOUBLING DOWN if the dealer has 2-9 or else HIT. 6-6, SPLIT since dealer has 2-6 or else HIT. 7-7, SPLIT since dealer has 2-7 or else HIT. 9-9, SPLIT since dealer has 2-6, 8, or 9. STAND on anything else. 10-10, at all times, STAND.

The tips listed above are common knowledge to all blackjack players and it represent a concrete basic blackjack strategy for long-run game. If there is no concrete understanding of the basic blackjack strategy then one is just throwing away money.