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The Easiest Way to Read Blackjack Odds

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In a previous article, we ran through some Blackjack hit and stand scenarios—play-by-plays of what to do when you find yourself facing off against the dealer with a specific hand.

After receiving all kinds of hand-by-hand questions, we decided it would be a good idea to share the Blackjack odds of winning secrets with an easy-to-read chart that tells you when to hit, when to stand, when to double down, and when to split.

Our Blackjack odds sheets has every possible scenario covered, and you’re free to use it while you play at the online Blackjack tables. We’ve never heard of a land-based casino dealer kicking a Blackjack player out of a casino for using a Blackjack odds of winning cheat sheet, but we’ve also never witnessed anyone using one so we’re not sure what would happen. Feel free to find out for yourself.

The Blackjack Odds Sheet

Understanding the Blackjack odds sheet

Before we explain how to read the Blackjack odds cheat sheet, we need to fill you in on what each letter represents.

  • S means stand. If you’re new to Blackjack, standing means leaving your hand as is and refusing another card from the dealer.
  • H means you want to hit. It’s not as violent as it sounds. When you ask the dealer to hit you, you’re asking him to give you one card.
  • D stands for Double Down. That means you’ll double whatever bet you’ve placed, and you’ll accept one single card from the dealer. You won’t have an opportunity to take another card. In casinos where doubling down isn’t allowed, you should hit in a Double Down scenario.
  • Ds means you should Double Down if it’s available. If it’s not, you should stand.
  • Finally, P means you should split.

You’ll only have the opportunity to split if you’re holding a pair (two identical card values). If you choose to split, you’re basically taking your two cards and splitting them into two separate hands. You’ll need to add another bet to play the second hand. Each hand is played out as though the now-single card is your first card dealt.

Find your hand

Reading the Blackjack odds sheet

Now that you understand what each letter means, it’s easy to read the Blackjack odds sheet. First, find the hand you’re holding along the left hand side. For example, if you’ve got a 12, look for the row marked 12. Then, use the columns to pinpoint the dealer’s card. So if the dealer is showing an 8, line up the column marked 8 with the row marked 12. The Blackjack odds cheat sheet tells you to Hit.

Different scenarios

Why are there three sheets?

In Blackjack, playing your cards has as much to do with individual card values as it does with total card values. Don’t think that holding 16 against a dealer’s 6 means you should automatically stand. If the 16 you’re holding is made up of an Ace and a 5, you’ll want to double down. And if you’re holding a pair of 8s, you’ll want to split them. Three different scenarios, three different Blackjack odds sheets.

Ready to see how following the odds sheets translates into real money? Hit the Blackjack tables now. Play for free at Prism Casino first to test it out. Then look for a deposit bonus at your favorite online casino to pump up your bankroll. You’ll find the odds for a bigger Blackjack bankroll are in favor.

Andy Cunoi

Andy is a common guy with an uncommon passion for blackjack. Currently he lives in San Francisco, California. Andy enjoys writing about gambling. Loves a simple life and his writing reflects that. He also enjoys music festivals a lot.