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If you wish to play basic strategy that is more accurate when the dealer hits soft seventeen, there are only a few changes: Double down on eleven against ace; double down on soft nineteen against 6; double down on soft eighteen against 2; and surrender fifteen, seventeen, and 8-8 against ace. Surrendering 8-8 against ace is 3% better than the generic play (splitting). 6% better than the generic play (standing). Each of the other modifications to basic strategy for dealer hits seventeen are better than.
369 probability of ending up with exactly seventeen. 000 except for rounding. The top half of table 4 applies when the dealer stands on soft seventeen, and the lower half is for the dealer hits soft seventeen. The numbers in table 4 have been found by simulations ofmore than 20 million pairs of hands with six decks shuflled, five dealt out. Other numbers of decks would yield slightly different results. 139 46 BASIC BLACKJACK Fixed Shuffle Point The numbers in this chapter apply right after a shuflle.
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