Last week I introduced you to the basics of Blackjack, now I'm going to show you exactly when to hit and stand.
But first it's vital to understand that the players aren't trying to beat each other, like you'd do in poker, but each player is trying to beat the dealer.
So never worry about the player's hand sitting next to you, always keep your attention on the dealer.
Now pay close attention to this…
When to hit and when to stand
When you hit this means that you would like another card.
Only hit If you have a higher chance of reaching a hand closer to or equal to 21.
Let’s use a simple example to demonstrate the action of hitting and standing.
Say you have two face up cards, a 5 and a 3, giving you 8 in total. Clearly you would want to hit or take another card.
To do this, simply tap the table in front of your cards when the dealer gets to you or you could simply say “hit”. Continue to “hit” until you’re confident with your total.
When you stand this means that you're sticking with your total in your hand.
You should only do this when the cards in your hand have a good chance of winning or because there is a high probability of a bust if you ask for another card.
So now if you have two cards, a 9 and a 10, giving you a total of 19, your best chance would be to “stand”. Simply do this by waving your open hand over your cards or by saying “stand”.
Blackjack or bust
You’ll automatically win if your first two cards are either an ace plus a 10 or an ace plus a picture card.
This beauty is referred to as a “Blackjack” or a “natural” and pays out one-and-a-half to one.
However, if the dealer also has a “Blackjack” or a “natural”, the hand is a stand-off and you receive your stake (bet) back.
Now let’s talk about going bust.
This is when you automatically lose.
If your total exceeds 21, the dealer will take your cards and your stake. EVEN if the dealer goes bust you still automatically lose.
The dealer will only pay out the players who haven’t gone bust, AGAIN even if the dealer goes bust.
In the next lesson I’ll be covering the dealer’s strategy and strategies to beat the dealer.
Keep your eye out for Lesson 3 for more on how to master the art of Blackjack.
Until next time.
P.S: If you missed the first article, The School of Blackjack: Part 1 - How to beat the casino, Click here now.