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Many novice players experience mixed feelings about aces. To be sure, if they get this card, they like it. However, when the dealer reveals an ace, they truly hate it. Nevertheless, even in this situation, it is not so bad if you know how to act.

Why the Dealer's Ace Is Dangerous

Let's discuss which benefits the ace may provide for the player and the dealer, and then consider different situations in which this card appears on the table and learn how to use it.

So, why don't we like to see this card in the dealer's hand? It becomes evident if you familiarize yourself with statistical data.

Let's imagine that we are playing one of the American versions. Blackjack was not dealt to the croupier, so you had an opportunity to hit.

  • A face-up ace in this situation means he may bust in 17% of cases at most.
  • He will have 17, 18, 19, and 20 in 19% of rounds (for each of these total scores).
  • A 21 (not blackjack) will be formed in over 7% of cases.

As for the possible loss of money, this situation does not seem to be optimistic. The dealer rarely loses with a face-up ace.

Even if you play according to the basic strategy, the house edge in many versions of blackjack in this case is approximately 36%.

Therefore, if you bet one hundred dollars, you will be able to return only sixty-seven (we are talking about the long run and not about each round.)

What to Do with Dealers' Aces

You will not be able to reach even this payout percentage unless you act the right way. Our recommendations on how to play blackjack when the dealer has an ace are available below:

  • Suppose you have succeeded in finding blackjack whose rules allow surrendering against a face-up ace. Surrender if you have a 16. If the dealer hits on a soft seventeen, surrender on a hard 15.
  • Never stand on a hard 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. Hit until you collect a 17.
  • Never stand on a soft 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Hit until you collect a 19.
  • You should double only if the score of your two-card hand is 11 in single-deck and double-deck blackjack. If you play six-deck or eight-deck blackjack, you should double only if the dealer hits on a soft 17.
  • You split either aces or eights.


These are the brief basic recommendations for the situations when the dealer has a face-up ace. They will help you play more successfully.

Remember that maximum efficiency requires the correctly selected and mastered basic strategy for each version. Print a table and get a peep of it whenever you are unsure about your decisions.

More advice for blackjack players are available in the special section on Casinoz.

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