How many different starting hands can you get when you play blackjack? If you forget about card suits which have no role in blackjack, and consider that the picture cards and the 10 are essentially equivalent there are 33 possible hands. They are grouped below into hard hands, soft hands, and pairs. The hard hands represent the total of the two-card hand. A blackjack hand that totals 9, for example, could be made up of any of these two card combinations: 2,7 or 3,6 or 4,5.