We know what this card is. You see it all of the time when playing blackjack. But you might not think that this particular card packs the punch that it does in terms of blackjack strategy. Or maybe you do and you just do not realize it.
There is one card in all of blackjack, be it casino blackjack, online blackjack, Spanish 21, Pontoon, etc, that all blackjack strategy is based on. Players act upon this card and they may not even be fully conscious that they are doing so. To them they are just going with their strategy.
But strategy has to be based on something even blackjack strategy.
In the case of blackjack strategy the most important card, the card that all of your strategy is based on is the dealer’s up card.
Before you say anything stop and think about that idea for a moment. When you are looking over your basic strategy chart you have to see what play is recommended for your hand based on the dealer’s up card. The play is not always the same. The up card impacts everything.
If you are still skeptical pull out a basic strategy chart and look at one of the stiff hands. Let’s focus on Hard 12. You will notice that the play changes depending on what the dealer’s up card is. If the dealer is holding a 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 or Ace you are told to hit; and if the dealer is showing a 4 through 6 you are told to stand.
The play changes even though your hand does not.
If the dealer’s up card were not all that important you would merely have a list of plays based on your hand, such as ‘If you have a hard 12 then hit,’ regardless of what the dealer’s up card is. But the truth is that we have a chart that tells us what play to make depending on what the dealer’s up card is.
Even if you were playing without basic strategy you would still be basing you play on the dealer’s up hand and how close he is to 21. The dealer’s up card is that influential in blackjack strategy.