European Blackjack: How to Play

European Blackjack Rules

In European Blackjack the object of the game is the same as in standard Blackjack, i.e. to beat the dealer by having a hand that totals 21 or is closer to 21 than the dealer's hand. This variation has worldwide popularity; here the dealer receives a second card (or hole card) only after all the player hands have been completed.

Rules

  1. Dealer stands on soft 17;
  2. As a rule, 8 decks of cards are used, they are re-shuffled after each round;
  3. The player can Double Down on 9, 10, 11;
  4. The player can Double Down on Splits;
  5. No splitting 4s, 5s, 10-valued cards;
  6. No re-splits are allowed;
  7. Early Surrender half of bet on non-dealer ace.

Basic strategy

Basic European Blackjack Strategy Table
Player's Hand Dealer's Up Card
Hard Totals 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
17 (+) S S S S S S S S S S
16 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
9 D D D D D H H H H H
8 (-) H H H H H H H H H H
Soft Totals 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
Ace & 8 (+) S S S S S S S S S S
Ace & 7 S S S S S S S H H H
Ace & 6 H H H H H H H H H H
Ace & 5 H H H H H H H H H H
Ace & 4 H H H H H H H H H H
Ace & 3 (-) H H H H H H H H H H
Pairs 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A
Ace & Ace SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP
10 & 10 S S S S S S S S S S
9 & 9 SP SP SP SP SP S SP SP S S
8 & 8 SP SP SP SP SP SP SP SP H H
7 & 7 SP SP SP SP SP SP H H H H
6 & 6 SP SP SP SP SP H H H H H
5 & 5 D D D D D D D D H H
4 & 4 H H H H H H H H H H
3 & 3 H H SP SP SP SP H H H H
2 & 2 H H SP SP SP SP H H H H
H
Hit
D
Double
S
Stand
SP
Split

European Blackjack Payouts

Winning Wager Odds Payuot
Winning Hand 1-1
Blackjack 3-2
Insurance 2-1
Even Money 1-1
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