Knowing When to Stand in Blackjack

Date Published: March 18, 2016

Many beginner players head to the blackjack tables without having the proper knowledge or learning basic blackjack strategies. This can lead to a number of losses, but this can be prevented if players learn some tips. Knowing when to stand is an important things when playing blackjack. This is especially true when playing live dealer games with other players. Some experienced players will get upset if players do not stand at the right time, feeling like the hit card should have been theirs. Learning when to stand can help new players develop skills that will increase their chances of winning the game.

If players have a hand value of 11, there s no chance of busting, so they should definitely hit when they hold this hand. The problems occur when players have a hand that is worth 12 or more. It will be easy to bust with these hands, so players need to know when they should take that risk and when they should stand. In the case of a 12 valued hand, players have a 32% chance of busting if they hit. However, the chance of losing the hand to the dealer is much higher by standing. Should players have a much higher valued hand, say 20, they should stand since they have a 92% chance of busting by hitting. The question most new players have is when they should stop hitting and when to stand.

There is no concrete answer to this as there are circumstances that will vary, such as what variation of the game is being played, how many decks are being used and the rules of the game,. Like whether eh dealer hits or stands on a soft 17. When players use optimal strategy, they will be using a strategy that has been designed for an 8 deck American Blackjack game with the dealer standing on soft 17 hands. In this case, players should only stand on a 12 value hand when the dealer has cards from 4 to 6. With a hand of 13 to 16, only stand when the dealer shows a 6 card or lower. For any hand that has a value over 17, players should always stand.

By learning these strategies and applying them to the game of blackjack, players increase their odds of beating the dealer and at least wining even money payouts.

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