you do not have a pair, then see if you have an ace.
Aces count your choice of one or eleven. A hand in
which an ace counts eleven is called a soft hand,
and the total points in it is called a soft total.
The second part of table 1 explains how to play soft
advice is broken down into db and dbs. The reason
is you need to know what to do with a particular total
if you cannot double down. For ex ample, suppose you
have soft eighteen and the dealer shows 3. Your best
play is to double down, so that is what you do if
you can. But if your soft eighteen is a three-card
hand, say ace-2-5, then you probably will not be allowed
to double down. The table lists "dbs" for
that hand, which means if you are not allowed to double
down then you should stand.
sometimes it is correct to hit eighteen. If you have
soft eighteen and the dealer shows 9, 10, or ace,
then hitting your soft eighteen is better than standing
that is very close is soft thirteen against 5. It
does not matter whether you hit or double down.