When to Hit & Stand in Blackjack

when to hit blackjack

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Last Updated: February 12, 2024

A hit in blackjack is requesting another card from the dealer. Players can keep hitting until they go bust (get a total card value over 21) or stop receiving new cards. A stand is the opposite of a hit, as it means the player does not want to receive a new card. Choosing to stand means that you will hold on to the cards you have and end your turn. 

Playing blackjack is a series of hits and stands used carefully to give the player an advantage. Therefore, it is important for players to know when to hit and when to stand. There are charts showing when to hit blackjack players can use. These charts also show players of blackjack when to stand.

Here are the scenarios where it is wise for players to hit:

  • When the dealer has an ace and you have an 11, hit.
  • If the dealer’s face up card is a 10 or an ace and you have a 10, hit.
  • Always hit if you have a 5, 6, 7, and 8.
  • If the dealer has a 2 or 7 through ace and you have a 9, hit. 

When players want to stand, here are the most profitable times to do so:

  • If you have a total card value between 17 to 21, stand.
  • If the dealer has numbers 2 through 6 and you have a 13 to 16, stand.
  • If the dealer has a 4, 5, or 6 and you have a 12, stand. 

When playing blackjack, it is also important for you to know the variant of blackjack you are playing so that you can have a good strategy for hitting and standing. It is also important for you to learn hitting and standing charts so you have an edge. 

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