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    Is it correct to double soft hands in Europe?

    I'm wondering if its right or wrong to double soft hands in european blackjack?

    At my Casino, we are allowed to double any hands so for example A6 against dealers 5. The US strategy card would say to double but I have found strategy cards for European blackjack that say its just a hit. Whats correct?

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    What difference would it make if you were in Europe or the U.S. when it comes to doubling A,6 vs. 5? What rule in Europe would make you play the hand differently from in the U.S.?

    Don

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    After having a quick look on the Wizard's site on European blackjack basic strategy, it is true that for soft 13-17 the correct play is to hit against any dealer up-card, but that is because the basic strategy was generated on the basis that the player can only double on hard totals of 9-11. Since you have no restriction on doubling, there does not seem to be any difference with standard US basic strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSchles View Post
    What difference would it make if you were in Europe or the U.S. when it comes to doubling A,6 vs. 5? What rule in Europe would make you play the hand differently from in the U.S.?

    Don
    I'm not sure what would differ. I never played in the US. I heard that if you double and loose you dont loose the full bet (initial + double)? In EU you always loose both initial bet and the double amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chonkolonko View Post
    I'm not sure what would differ. I never played in the US. I heard that if you double and loose you dont loose the full bet (initial + double)? In EU you always loose both initial bet and the double amount.
    US and most of Canada, player loses original bet only against dealer BJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by chonkolonko View Post
    I'm not sure what would differ. I never played in the US. I heard that if you double and loose you dont loose the full bet (initial + double)? In EU you always loose both initial bet and the double amount.
    The difference you are speaking of only occurs when the dealer has an upward that could be a blackjack. European games are no hole card so the dealer can't peek to see if he has a blackjack before everyone plays their hand. In peek games if the dealer has a BJ everyone loses their initial bet (except a BJ) and nobody plays their hand. If, in no hole card, you lose your original bet only when the dealer has BJ then there is no difference in strategy but more cards are eaten in no hole card because everyone plays their hand. There are varying degrees of losing more than your original bet for no hole card. Strategy is affected for playing hands against a dealer T or A if you lose more than your original bet.

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