Flexibility works in favor of the blackjack player.
We have more choices when it comes to what plays we can make. You can choose when to stand too. A dealer can only hit or stand. And they have to keep hitting until they have 17 or higher or they bust.
But what about flexibility when it comes to the cards in blackjack?
That one should be easy. Aces are the only flexible cards in the whole of blackjack. And if there’s another card that can change value and is therefore better than an Ace you tell me.
Aces are the best cards in all of blackjack. For one thing they are the essential card for a natural blackjack. It’s impossible to have blackjack without it. Sure you can hit and be lucky enough to hit to 21 but it’s not the same as blackjack, and the dealer can swipe your money out from under you if he has a natural to counter your more-than-two-cards 21.
So after being the key to having a natural blackjack, the next best thing about Aces is that you can change what they’re worth. They’ll usually start out as an 11 but if you hit too hard, you can reduce that 11 to a 1. Think of it as giving your hand a second chance.
And that’s really what an Ace gives you—if it doesn’t give you blackjack right off the bat.
Aces make up soft hands because you can change the value of that Ace. Say for example you have a 7/8 better known as a hard 15. Depending on the dealer’s up card, you’re hitting with a good shot at busting, or you’re standing with a good shot at the dealer having a higher total.
But if you have a 15 made up of Ace/4 it’s soft so you can hit it and if you need to, reduce it from 11 to 1. That’s how having an Ace can give your hand a second chance.
So between being the necessary card for a natural blackjack and having the ability to change the value, an Ace in blackjack is your best friend.