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Playing Soft Hands

Many players look at Soft Hands in different ways and many novice players dislike them as they involve having to make a decision on their next move which can (dependant on the next card if Hit is chosen) be yet another decision to make!

With decisions to be made then errors can creep in and this can affect a players overall paybacks and a wrong choice can cost that player dear.

But Soft Hands are not to be feared, in fact with the right decision based on the correct basic strategy they can reduce the House Edge, so take a few minutes to read more about how to play a Soft Hand and gain the maiximum advantage when playing blackjack either online of off.

A Soft Hand usually contains an Ace and below you will find the best way to deal with such hands.

You will have to keep a close eye on what cards the Dealer is holding when basing your next move should you be holding a Soft Hand but by following the betting moves below you will improve you game play.

If you are holding either an Ace and Two or an Ace and a Three you should Double your bet if the Dealer is holding either a 5 or a 6, otherwise you should Hit your hand.

An Ace and a Four or an Ace and a Five should always be Hit unless the Dealer is holding 4, 5 or 6 then you optimum move would be to Double Down.

One of the often made mistakes when getting an Ace and a Six is to stick, you should always Hit your hand unless the Dealer is holding 3, 4, 5 or 6.

Another difficult decision arrives once you are dealt an Ace and a Seven, you should Stand at all times if the Dealer is showing a 2, 7 or an 8, you should Double if the Dealer has 3, 4, 5 or 6, and Hit all other Dealer hands.

The easiest decision is when you are holding either an Ace and a Eight or an Ace and a Nine, simply Stand/Stick that hand as a good Blackjack strategy dictates that by Standing you will gain the best advantage. The best rule of thumb is to always play a Soft Hand until it becomes a Hard Hand.

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