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The Casino Answer Man

30 May 2000

Q. In blackjack, I know the rule is you should either hit or double down on soft 17. I was playing last week at the last position (third base) and was dealt Ace-6. The dealer had a 6 showing, and the rest of the table stood pat. All had 13 or higher. I also chose to stand pat.

The dealer pulled a 4 for 20, and the whole table looked like they were about to kill me for making a horrible error. If I would have hit and received a 10, then the dealer hits a 4, I still am the goat for not sticking and taking the 10 from the dealer.

What is the proper move in this situation?

A. First of all, you are playing for yourself, not for the whole table, and in the long run your decisions have no effect on the overall results of others. Sometimes your plays will help 'em, and sometimes they'll hurt 'em, but they'll balance out. No one has any business being angry at you, regardless of what decision you make.

Nevertheless, the best play with Ace-6 against a 6 is to double down. It is never to your advantage to stand on soft 17.


For more information about blackjack:

The Casino Answer Book by John Grochowski
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The Morons of Blackjack and Other Monsters! by Frank Scoblete
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John Grochowski

John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

The Craps Answer Book

> More Books By John Grochowski

John Grochowski
John Grochowski is the best-selling author of The Craps Answer Book, The Slot Machine Answer Book and The Video Poker Answer Book. His weekly column is syndicated to newspapers and Web sites, and he contributes to many of the major magazines and newspapers in the gaming field, including Midwest Gaming and Travel, Slot Manager, Casino Journal, Strictly Slots and Casino Player.

Listen to John Grochowski's "Casino Answer Man" tips Tuesday through Friday at 5:18 p.m. on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. Look for John Grochowski on Facebook and Twitter @GrochowskiJ.

John Grochowski Websites:

www.casinoanswerman.com

Books by John Grochowski:

Winning Tips for Casino Games

> More Books By John Grochowski