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Blackjack Basic Strategy For Hands Totaling Hard Ten (10)

How to Play a Hard Ten Total in Blackjack - Hard 10

Hard hands: Hard 8 or less - Hard 9 - Hard 10 - Hard 11 - Hard 12 - Hard 13 - 16 - Hard 17 to 21

Soft hands: Soft 13 - 14 - Soft 15 - 16 - Soft 17 - Soft 18 - Soft 19 to 21

Splitting pairs: Aces - 2's - 3's - 4's - 5's - 6's - 7's - 8's - 9's - 10's

Playing a Hard 10

If the dealer has an upcard of 2 -9, double down.

Otherwise just hit.

Reasoning

You'll often receive a 10 when you take a hit (there are 16 of them in the deck, after all), and if you have a total of 10 to begin with, then your chances of winding up with a 20 after taking a hit is pretty good. A total of 20 is an excellent hand, since the only way the dealer can beat your 20 is if she gets a 21.

If the dealer is showing an ace or a ten though, there is a chance you'll either get a push or get beat by a dealer 21, so it doesn't make sense to get more money out there if the dealer has that ace or ten.

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