Jeff isn’t a compulsive gambler, he just happens to like playing cards. Take a look at the following blackjack hands and test your knowledge by deciding whether you should hit, stand, double down, or split. Remember that blackjack is a card value of 21. The cardholder closest to 21 without going over wins. Aces have a value of one or eleven, and face cards (jack, queen, king) also have a value of ten. Push means you tie with the dealer. The correct answers are located at the bottom of the page. P.S. Don’t play poker with Jeff.
1). Stay. Six is the card dealers are most likely to bust on. Stay on four and five also. Most often the card not showing is a ten, so all the dealer needs is a third card of six or higher to bust.
2). Double down. You have to assume the dealer has a face card under the king. If you draw a ten with your eleven showing you’ll beat the dealer; it’s to the player’s advantage to double down.
3). Split. Two twos equal four, which is not a great point total. Four is a bad total because it often leads to busting, which is why we always stay when the dealer has a four, five, or six showing. By splitting, you create two new hands that are less likely to bust and more likely to achieve winning point totals. Plus, you get the chance to win double the money. And by the way, you should double after splitting if one of the hands turns into a ten or eleven.
4). Double down. Why not increase your chances of winning more money? It’s a soft hand, so you’re definitely not going to bust. The card you get is most likely going be a ten, which won’t hurt you; it will just put you back to a value of thirteen. The chance of getting a seven or an eight makes a very powerful hand. Even a four or six would make it better. The dealer’s five will most likely bust, so it’s always worth trying to double your money in this situation.
5). Hit. Why not split? Because you have to play like the dealer has eighteen. If you split it and get two tens you lose twice. Just hit and try to get the four through seven to tie or beat him.
6). Double down. Your chances of getting the ten or ace are good. The three card the dealer is showing isn’t too strong. So why not try to make some extra money when you have a good chance to get a nineteen or twenty?
7). Hit. This is very basic strategy; always play like the dealer’s under card is a ten. This is one hand that kills me because I see so many people stay on sixteen ’cause they’re scared to hit and bust. Your sixteen isn’t going to beat the dealer’s seventeen or 21! So just hit it and don’t look like a scared jackass.
8). Split. The easiest blackjack rule to remember is: Always split eights and aces no matter what. But why split eights against a ten? Two eighteens aren’t going to beat the dealer’s twenty! Two hands that start with eight have a better chance to create a winning hand than your nasty sixteen. You will loose more times than win when you split eights against a ten. But you will loose more often if you only play the sixteen. This is one of the hands you have to try to cut your loses down in the long run.
9). Double down. Eighteen is a good hand, which may lead you to stay. You have a soft hand you can’t bust on. You have the chance to make it a better hand, and a good chance that the dealer will bust with the six. Whenever you have good odds like this to win double the money, go for it. 10). Hit. This is a confusing hand! If the dealer has a seventeen, you push. If he makes better than that, you lose! Either way, you’re not going to win. You can’t really win unless the dealer busts. So why not hit and try to make it better? You’re not going to bust because it’s a soft hand. If you have this same hand with the dealer showing a three through six, double down.