The hard vs soft numbers in blackjack are based on whether you have an Ace or not. It is actually really that simple: Your hand can contain an Ace or not. If it does, you have a “soft” hand. If it does not, you have a “hard” hand. Let’s explain with more detail and by giving actual examples.
The concept of blackjack hard and soft hands (also known as hard and soft totals) is very crucial to strategic decisions that must be made by a player. Indeed, hard and soft cards offer different odds of winning against the dealer.
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The difference between a “hard” and “soft” hand in blackjack is one single card. The Ace. If one of the two cards you’re dealt is an Ace, you have a “soft” hand. Why? An Ace card can either be a 1 or an 11 which means that you have quite a bit of liquidity as far as what you can play based on the card the dealer holds.
Soft Blackjack Hands. A soft blackjack hand is any hand of two cards which contains an ace. The following would be examples of soft hands: A-2 = Soft 13; A-3 = Soft 14; A-4 = Soft 15; A-5 = Soft 16; A-6 = Soft 17; A soft hand is one that cannot be busted by taking one hit. In other words, if you are dealt a soft hand you cannot bust the hand with the first hit.
When you play blackjack, the ace is worth 11 or 1 – it can either be the game’s highest-ranking card or its lowest. If one of the cards in your hand is an ace, which can be counted as either 11 or 1, you have a soft hand. If you have a soft hand, it also makes the chance of busting almost 0.
The difference between these two hands is vast, as one gives the dealer an advantage, and one favours the player. If the dealer stands on hard 17 (and hits on soft), that is the Soft 17 Rule – or S17. If he stands on soft 17 (and hard too), that is the Hard 17 Rule or H17.
Hard and Soft Hands – What is a Soft Blackjack Hand? As mentioned earlier in this article, the key to both the hard and soft blackjack hands is the ace. So what is a soft blackjack hand? The soft blackjack hand is basically a hand that has an ace. In the soft blackjack hand, the ace has a value of 11.
Examples of hard hands include K-8, 9-8, 5-10, Q-6, 7-6-2, J-3-5, and 6-A-Q. Pay attention to the last example with the hard 17 that contains an ace. The key thing here is that this hand initially started as a soft 17, with the player having the option to treat it either as 7 or as 17.