How to play blackjack at Party Poker

How to play blackjack at Party Poker

222In late 2005 Party Poker introduced blackjack. Granted this website is dedicated to poker, but we might as well put up the blackjack basic strategy given Party Poker have broken with tradition first.

For those new to blackjack, basic strategy is the universal term used to describe the optimal strategy to be played to provide the highest expected return for the player. Basic Strategy is derived by either computer simulation or, in this case, working through all the combinations and permutations the game has to offer. Simulating basic strategy for 30 million hands revealed that the house edge for blackjack at Party Poker is 0.59% (less than 1%). So if you play 100 hands betting $1 each hand your expected loss for those 100 hands is around $0.59, not bad for a bit of entertainment. In fact, the house take is so low that blackjack is a great way to pay off a pending bonus at Party Poker.

How to read these tables

The tables are relatively simple to read. For hard totals (player hands without an ace in them) table 1 is used. For soft totals (player hands with an ace) use table 2. If you are dealt a pair, use table 3.

Hard Totals

Examples

You have a hard total of 12 and the dealer has a two. The correct decision, according to basic strategy, is to hit (+).

If you have hard 17 and the dealer has an Ace you should surrender (X).

If you have hard 9 and the dealer has a 4 you should double (D).

If you have hard 12 and the dealer has a 6 you should stand.

Table 1: Hard Totals


Player

Dealer

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

21

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

19

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

18

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

17

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

X

16

-

-

-

-

-

+

+

X

X

X

15

-

-

-

-

-

+

+

+

X

X

14

-

-

-

-

-

+

+

+

+

+

13

-

-

-

-

-

+

+

+

+

+

12

+

+

-

-

-

+

+

+

+

+

11

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

10

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

+

+

9

+

D

D

D

D

+

+

+

+

+

8

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

7

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

6

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

5

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

4

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+

+



/ = split, X = Surrender, - = Stand. + = Hit,
D = Double

Soft Total

Examples:

If you have soft 19 and the dealer has a 6 then Double (D)

If you have soft 18 and the dealer has a 7 then stand (-)

Table 2: Soft Totals


Player

Dealer

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

soft 21

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

soft 20

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

soft 19

-

-

-

-

D

-

-

-

-

-

soft 18

D

D

D

D

D

-

-

+

+

+

soft 17

+

D

D

D

D

+

+

+

+

+

soft 16

+

+

D

D

D

+

+

+

+

+

soft 15

+

+

D

D

D

+

+

+

+

+

soft 14

+

+

+

D

D

+

+

+

+

+

soft 13

+

+

+

+

D

+

+

+

+

+

/ = split, X = Surrender, - = Stand. + = Hit,
D = Double


Pairs

Examples:

If you have a pair of 9s and the dealer has a 9 the split (/). If you get another 9 the split again.

If you have a pair of 9s and the dealer has a 7 then stand (-).

Table 3: Pairs


Player

Dealer

 

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

pair:  10

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

pair:  9

/

/

/

/

/

-

/

/

-

-

pair:  8

/

/

/

/

/

/

/

/

/

X

pair:  7

/

/

/

/

/

/

+

+

+

+

pair:  6

/

/

/

/

/

+

+

+

+

+

pair:  5

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

+

+

pair:  4

+

+

+

/

/

+

+

+

+

+

pair:  3

/

/

/

/

/

/

+

+

+

+

pair:  2

/

/

/

/

/

/

+

+

+

+


/ = split, X = Surrender, - = Stand. + = Hit,
D = Double

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