Single deck blackjack strategy for winning

Let’s start by looking at single deck blackjack strategy and how it might change depending on whether you’re playing for real or not, with a peek into some other rules which will help you get started. Lay on to improve your skills.

Single deck blackjack is a relatively simple game, but it has been much maligned late because of the popularity of a new form known as ‘European’ rules or ‘Las Vegas Strip’. We’ll look at these later, but first, let’s take a look at how single deck strategy changes depending on whether you’re playing for real money or not.

Single-deck and six decks

You will find single-deck blackjack available in some casinos. The best way to play this game is to always stand on all 17s and push (stand) when your hand totals 19. In fact, there are times when you should even stand with certain totals if the dealer ends up showing a 10 card (such as 13 vs. 3) or a 2 card (15 vs. 2). This is because some blackjack games do not use ‘soft’ 17, while the single deck is one of them.

However, if your hand only totals 14 and the dealer’s upcard is 9, it will be safer to stay instead of standing. Why? This happens because there are two 10s still left in the deck: another 9 waiting to pair with the first one making you bust with an 18 total. If you were playing five cards at a time, you’d stand here even overall tens, but that’s because most casinos pay 6-4 for a natural. The fact that there is no such deal in single deck blackjack means that hitting, under those circumstances, is the best decision you can make. (This same play also applies for 16 vs. 3 and 17 vs. 2.)