Welcome to part five of Kroon Casino’s
Blackjack basic strategy series. In this video we’ll learn about when to hit and
when to stand. Hit and stand is the last decision to make in blackjack, and is
essentially just deciding whether to say yes or no to more cards. Hit means you
want the dealer to add another card to your hand and stand means you require no
further cards. To ask for an additional card tap the table and say: Card please.
“Card please.” or to stand wave with your palm down and say: no card or stand. “No
card.” as a general rule you should never stand on a soft 13 through to a soft 17
as you can’t bust at this stage. With a 1 card draw,
therefore it’s worth hitting and trying to get a hard 17 or higher. It’s
important to remember that hitting on a soft hand will usually turn it into a
hard hand as the ACE you were using may change from an 11 into a 1 if it will
take you over 21. It’s common practice to stand on a hard hand when it could bust
with just one more card. Usually this is a hard hand of 12 through to sixteen. In most
cases you should not risk busting your hard hand if the dealer has an up card
of 2 through to 6 as they may end up with a hard hand themselves and may even bust.
If the dealer shows an up card of 7 through to ace then there’s a strong
likelihood they’ll win, so if you hold a hard 16 or less you may as well ask for
another card, even at the risk of busting, because you might just get that small
card that you need and still win. To play the best basic strategy you should
employ the methods in the exact order we have addressed them in this video series.
When you have been dealt your hand and seen the dealer’s up card, you should
first consider whether to surrender your hand.
This is followed by the decision of whether to split your cards. You should
then see if you want to Double Down and finally decide whether to hit or stand. If you truly master the basic strategy
and each of its four components then you can actually bring the house edge down
just 1%. Meaning when you lose you’ll lose less and when you win you’ll win
bigger than with any other strategy. Thank you for watching our tutorial
video series on basic strategy and best of luck with your blackjack game at