When To Hit or Stand in Blackjack

Ever wondered when to Hit or Stand in Blackjack? A hit means that you’d like another card from the deck. You can take a hit if you have a higher chance of reaching a hand of 21 or below. In a casino, you rarely say ‘hit’ the most common sign is by tapping on the cards or just the table with a finger.

A stand means that you are sticking with your total of two cards. You do this when you have a Blackjack, or your hand has a high chance of winning or just because there’s a good chance of busting if you hit.

Players who have mastered the skill of card counting can afford to be a bit braver than those who haven’t. Knowing when the deck stacks high or low could be the difference between a Blackjack or Bust.

The house edge derives from the fact that the dealer must follow a set of rules and, therefore, does not face the same dilemmas as the players. This advantage over a player in Blackjack starts at about 5 percent, but by knowing when to hit or stand at the right time, you can push your odds up to over 3 percent.


Dealer’s card is an Ace

It is a great start for the dealer and one of the worst possible scenarios for you as a player.

Remember that cards with a value of 10 are more likely to appear than any other single card. They include 4 x 10, 4 x Jack, 4 x Queen and 4 x King.

An ace gives the dealer around 4/13 chance of a Blackjack. Also, the dealer holding an ace has more likelihood of hitting without busting.

As the dealer is probably going to have a strong hand, your best bet would be to play the game hard and aim for 17 or above.

Dealer is holding 10, J, Q, or K

In this situation, the odds are 1/13 that the dealer will get Blackjack and a 4/13 that he will have 20.

So you need a powerful hand to take part. You will have an excellent chance of making a 21 with a hit on an 11. But you’re running the risk of busting, and you should hit 10 or less, hit on 12-16, and stand at 17.

Dealer is holding 5, 4 or 6

Not a great situation for the dealer as a bust may be on the cards.

You should double down on a 9, 10, or 11. Hit or stand at 12, stand at 13 and hit on 8 or less.

Dealer is holding a 3

So he could get a bust.

Hit on 8 or less and 12 and double down on 9, 10, or 11. Stand at 13.

Dealer is holding a 2

Not a great position for the dealer.

Your best bet is to hit on a 9, instead of doubling down. Hit on 2-8, on 12 and stand at 13.

Remember that the dealer has to stand at 17, but you are free to take your chances on low cards being dealt, especially if you are aware of how the deck stacks, to get you nearer to a Blackjack.