The Paradoxical DEALER HIT 17 vs. STAND 17
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Most blackjack players know that it is better to seek out games where the dealer stands on soft 17, instead of hitting soft 17. This subtle rule difference applies to dealer hands with a sun sum of 17 that includes an ace that can be counted as either 11 or 1 (without busting the dealer). For example, if the dealer has ace and six, or ace-two-fivefour, etc.
Players may be familiar with 'advantage' statistics tables in many blackjack books that list the positive (or negative) effect of different rules for basic strategy players. Depending on the other rules and whether the player is employing card counting, the advantage to the player on the S17 rule (dealer stands on soft 17) is about 0.2%. This means that they improve their average loss (or gain, if card counting) by 0.2% by playing games with the S17 rule, rather than H17.
But why is this the case? For many players, this result seems counter-intuitive.
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