A hand valued at 17 or higher in blackjack is often referred to as a "hard" hand. A hard hand is a hand that does not contain an Ace, or if it does contain an Ace, it is counted as a 1 instead of an 11. This means that the value of the hand cannot be changed by counting the Ace as a 1 or an 11, as doing so would result in a bust (a hand valued at more than 21).
For example, a hand of a 7 and a 10 would be considered a hard 17, as counting the Ace as an 11 would result in a bust. Similarly, a hand of a 5, a 6, and a 10 would be considered a hard 21, as the Ace can only be counted as a 1 in this case.
In blackjack, the goal is to have a hand that is valued at 21 or as close to 21 as possible without exceeding it. Hard hands are considered less advantageous than soft hands (hands that contain an Ace counted as 11), as they are more likely to result in a bust. However, a hand of 17 or higher can still be a winning hand if the dealer has a hand valued at a lower number.
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