You can then stand. When dealer shows a 7 or better, you must hit. Always stand on 17 through 21 regardless of dealer's up card. As mentioned, a soft hand is one where at least one card is an Ace which counts for 1 or 11 at your option.
Besides, can you still count cards in casinos?
Though not illegal and technically not cheating — it's referred to as “advantage play” — it is frowned upon by casinos as it undermines their house advantage. Back in the golden age of Vegas — for the casinos, not the players — card counting could result in a visit from hired mob goons.
At the very least, should I hit or stand on 16? Your best play, by a slim margin, is to hit. However, if you have a multi-card 16 (like player #2 above, who had 4-5-7), your best play is to stand against a dealer 10.
And, does a blackjack dealer have to hit a soft 17?
The dealer then reveals the hidden card and must hit until the cards total up to 17 points. At 17 points or higher the dealer must stay. (At most tables the dealer also hits on a "soft" 17, i.e. a hand containing an ace and one or more other cards totaling six.)
What is the difference between a hard and soft 17?
Any blackjack hand that contains an ace counted as an 11 is a soft hand. An ace-6 hand is a soft 17 and so is an ace-3-3 hand. ... For example, ace-6 is soft 17 whereas 10-7 and 7-9-ace hands are hard 17's (notice that if your hand contains either no ace, or one or more aces that are each count as one, the hand is hard).