togel hongkong Odds: Two-card Hands
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- Ebony Smith
- May 23, 2022
Blackjack basic strategy is all about playing the odds. It takes into account the odds of drawing a certain card, the odds of busting with a certain hand, and more. Earlier I covered the odds of busting with a certain hand value. In this blog I will cover the odds of drawing certain hand values.
In the game of togel hongkong , you start with two cards and from there, you have to make a decision about whether you want to draw another. The dealer also starts with two cards, though his hole card is dealt face down, so you don’t know its value. You and the dealer have the same odds of drawing certain hands, though.
In blackjack, there are four different groups of hands that you can draw in the first two cards. The first is a natural blackjack, which is an ace and a ten. This is the best hand to draw and it wins instantly unless the dealer also has a natural blackjack, which would cause a push. A natural blackjack usually pays 3:2, so it is the most desired hand by players, though it is also the least likely to occur.
The other groups of hands are a hard 17-20, on which basic strategy says to stand, a hard 2-16, which are considered decision hands, and “no bust hands.” No bust hands are soft hands or a hand of 11 or less, since there is no chance of busting when you take a hit. With a hard 17-20, you should always stand because there is a high risk of busting and you have better odds that the dealer can’t outdraw you without busting. The decision hands are called that because you have to make a decision about what to do based on what cards the dealer shows. No bust hands are desirable because you can try to improve your hand without risking going over 21. If you have a soft hand and hitting would cause you to bust, that simply makes your ace worth one point and gives you a hard hand. Here is the complete chart of two-card hand odds:
Natural Blackjack (ace, 10) – 4.8%
Hard Standing (17-20) – 30%
Decision Hands (2-16) – 38.7%
No Bust Hands – 26.5%
Blackjack Etiquette: Dealer Exposes Cards
Okay, so you’re at the blackjack table minding your own business when you happen to notice something: The dealer has a nine as his hole card. You weren’t trying to peak, but as the dealer placed his hole card face down on the table, he exposed it in a way that allowed you to see its value. Now what should you do? Can you use that knowledge to your advantage?
That question has two completely different implied questions. The first is “is it immoral to use that knowledge to my advantage?” The second question is “is is cheating to take advantage of that knowledge?” The first question I won’t cover because that’s up to you to decide. You may think that you should pretend you didn’t see anything or, if the dealer does it more than once, that you should inform him or someone else working for the casino that the dealer is being sloppy. Or you may think that it’s his and the casino’s loss if he’s going to make a mistake. Why should it bother you?
The second question is easier to answer, though. If you did nothing to aid in seeing the dealer’s hole card, it is not cheating. If you used a mirror, a spotter, a camera or anything like that to spy on the dealer’s cards then yes, that is cheating and it is illegal. If, however, you are simply minding your own business and through no effort on your part you accidentally see the dealer’s hole card, you have done nothing wrong. Using that knowledge to make your decisions is perfectly legal and it is the dealer’s responsibility to make sure his hole card is a secret, not yours.
How should you react to knowledge of the dealer’s hole card? That depends. If you want to take advantage of it, that could mean deviating from basic strategy, since that strategy is for when you don’t know the dealer’s hole card but assume it has a good probability of being a ten. If it turns out to be a two, of course, that changes things considerably. Whatever the dealer’s hole card is, you should think about what total he has and what his chances are of busting with that hand. Also, if he has a hand of 17 or more and you have the hand beaten, obviously you would stand.
If the dealer is sloppy and repeatedly exposes his hole card, you need to be careful how you respond to that knowledge. If you deviate from basic strategy too often and have good results each time, that will set off a red flag. The dealer, the pit boss, or someone monitoring the eye in the sky might think you are cheating. If you convince them that you are not cheating, that you can simply see the dealer’s hole card, you have killed the golden goose. The dealer will either correct the problem so you can no longer see the card or will be fired. In either case, your advantage is gone. For that reason, you should only deviate from basic strategy in subtle ways. Hitting your 19 because you can see that the dealer has 20, for example, would not be a wise decision.