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In the game of Blackjack, the term soft 17 means a hand that totals 17 points - but one that also uses an ace within it that is being counted as 11 points instead of 1 point.

The term "soft 17" is mostly heard in regard to blackjack dealers.  While blackjack players are allowed many options, blackjack dealers within a casino must follow very strict rules of play.  One of the questions regarding the dealer's rules is whether or not the dealer must hit a soft 17.  If the dealer must hit a soft 17 but stand on a hard 17 or a soft 18 that is often an advantage for a casino.

Note that the term "soft" in blackjack just means that an ace in the hand is being counted as 11 points.



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