Blackjack Fundamentals: To Hit or Not To Hit

Blackjack is one of the more popular casino card games out there nowadays. The simplicity of the game play and rules make blackjack a popular choice among players everywhere. One question during game play that comes up a lot is when to hit and when to stand. Below we will try to help your decision process with some ideas so that maybe you can answer this question yourself.

One fundamental principle we have to mention is before proceeding is that since one of the dealer's cards would be face down, we should always assume that that card has a value of ten. This fundamental presumption plays safe in blackjack especially when we're talking about making a hit or not.

The decision to hit or to stand now stands on what card is up in the dealer's hand. Depending on what card blackjack dealer has, we then can make our decision based on our present assumption weather we will hit or stand in a blackjack game.

If the blackjack dealer's up card is a six or lower we can be sure or at least safely assume that the dealer will hit (this is the most likely case whenever this situation in blackjack turns up). Since assuming the down card is a ten, the blackjack dealer gets a maximum of 16 when he has an up card of six or lower. Blackjack dealers will continue hitting until they're past 16.

With that as a given there is a probability that the blackjack dealer will go bust. Given this vantage point, do we hit or stand? If we have a blackjack hand that totals 13 to 16 and the dealer will most likely make a hit to get passed 16 then we stand. We can safely assume at this point that the blackjack dealer will go bust.

If in case the blackjack dealer's up card is a seven or higher, odds are he stands or has a good hand. In this situation we need to check our own hand first before we make a decision to hit or to stand.

If we have a blackjack hand that totals to a 17 or higher and the dealer's up card is a seven, then we stand, else we risk going bust. This is regardless if the dealer continues to hit.

If our hand in blackjack totals 13 to 16 and the dealer's up card is a seven or higher, then by all means hit. Chances are, the blackjack dealer has a good hand and standing on a 16 won't really do us any good. We try to get a better hand than the one the dealer most likely has.

An alternate view is that when the dealer has a two, three, or seven up card it is in the best interest of the blackjack player to hit. Since these cards easily add up to a possible 21, it is better for players to hit.

These are fundamental ideas that blackjack players can apply when deciding when to hit or when to stand in a game. It's all up to you to decide based on these ideas.

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