What is a Soft 17 in Blackjack?

what is a soft 17 in blackjack

1 minute

Last Updated: February 13, 2024

A soft hand in blackjack is one that contains an ace that is counted as an 11. Therefore, a soft 17 is a combination of card values and an ace that adds up to a 17. These include an ace and a 6, two 3s and an ace, three 2s and an ace. A soft 17 is different from a 10 and a 7, which is considered a hard 17 because it contains no ace. Playing with a soft 17 is different from a hard 17 because you cannot go bust with one card draw. Always learn the blackjack rules for soft 17 when at the table.

Players are advised to not stand on a soft 17, as this puts the advantage in the hands of the dealer. Hitting is always preferable to standing. Furthermore, having a soft 17 is also a good chance for players to double down depending on the dealer’s face-up card.

Disclaimer: content on mypokercoaching.com may contain affiliate links to online gambling operators and other sites. When you use our affiliate links, we may earn a commission based on our terms of service, but that does not influence the content on the site since we strictly follow our editorial guidelines. Learn more about how we make money and why we always stick to unbiased content. All content on this site is intended for those 21 or older or of legal gambling age in their jurisdiction.

Copyright © iBetMedia UAB. All rights reserved. Content may not be reproduced or distributed without the prior written permission of the copyright holder.