First of all, I must apologize for all of the innuendo and double entendre in yesterday’s hard 9 article. I couldn’t help it; it was just too easy. And if you didn’t notice it, then forget that I said anything. There was nothing wrong with that totally wholesome article.
The proper moves with hard hands, just like with soft hands, requires a knowledge of statistics and a calculation of the odds of each card you could receive as well as the odds for what card the dealer has in the hole and what cards he will receive when hitting, if necessary. If you are unable to calculate those odds, you don’t have to worry, because each move that has the best odds has been incorporated into blackjack basic strategy. Here is what to do when you have a hard 10.
If the dealer shows an upcard between 2 and 9 (inclusive), then you should double down. If the dealer shows anything else, you should hit. You should never stand on a hard 10.
First of all, the reason you never stand is that there is no possibility of busting with this hand. The highest value card you can draw is a 10 and that would only put you at 20. Basic strategy also recognizes your good odds of drawing a 10-value card. If you get one, then the only hand that can beat you is if the dealer draws 21.
If the dealer shows an ace or a 10, then he has a good chance of having either a 20 or 21, in which case you would either lose or push. That is why you do not double in that instance. If the dealer shows anything else, however (2-9), you should double because there is a good chance that the dealer will either bust or draw a number smaller than your hand. Again, this is because of the high likelihood of the dealer’s hole card or any card they draw having a value of 10.
Follow this strategy and you will come out ahead more often than not. Stay tuned for more hard-hand strategy.