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Blackjack Basic Strategy For Hands Totaling Soft Fifteen Or Sixteen (15-16)

How to Play a Soft Fifteen or Sixteen Total in Blackjack - Soft 15-16

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 Total of Soft 15 or 16

Double down if the dealer has a 4, 5 or 6 for an upcard.

Otherwise take a hit.

Reasoning

This hand is played similarly to a soft 13 or 14, and for similar reasons. You'll never stand on this total, since you cannot bust by taking a hit, and the chances of getting a good card are relatively good.

Doubling down gets more money in action, which is good to do in this situation, since the combination of a potential dealer bust combined with your potential of improving your hand make this such a good hand to play.

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