The 5 Most Profitable Starting Hand Types in Blackjack

The 5 Most Profitable Starting Hand Types in Blackjack

May 24, 2021

In some cases not making the correct play is in the player’s best interest. You give up a little in EV but you will make it up by not drawing too much suspicion.

In general terms; when the dealer is weak it is better for the player. Up cards of a 5 or 6 is the best possible scenario for a player, with a 6 up card being a slightly more favorable situation. This is because the dealer has the maximum number of cards available to break—where the dealer exceeds 21.

From this we can extrapolate why the 5s and 6s are the most important cards in a shoe.

When the 6 is the dealers up card the maximum number of cards will break the dealer-where they go over 21. 10s are 4 times more likely to be a drawn. This combined with 6, 7, 8 and 9 will break the dealer. Similarly, when a 5 is played, it benefits the player the most. This is because the 5 gives the dealer an extra card to make a hand when they have the weak up card of a 6.

Each starting hand has an associated value with it. This is the percentage of the bet that is won or lost on average and over time. Here I have associated the maximum values a hand types. The Soft Doubling, Hard Doubling and Pairs mentioned here all have positive values associated with them. A hands value is determined by 3 three things. They are the first two cards dealt to the player and the dealers up card. There any number of books where a player can look up the value of whatever hand they choose. These are not the top valued hands because many of the top valued hands are similar in origin. The hand-types approach, gives the aspiring player a better overall understanding of how the types of hands affects the value of the hand.

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