When to Hit, stay or double down

The concept of Blackjack is pretty straightforward you beat the dealer you win. You hit to get closer to 21 and stand if you think you have the best hand.

 Basic Hitting/Standing strategy:

 Hit on any hand with a value less than 12 and stand on any hand above 16.

 If you hold between 12-16 you should only hit if the dealer card is between 7-Ace.  If the dealer up card is lower than a 7 you should stand.

 Soft totals are hands that include and Ace paired with another value card.  If you have an Ace in your hand and do not have a value card hit if your total is 17 or less.  You should stand if your soft total is 19 or twenty.

Worth mentioning here is you would Double if the soft total was 17 or less if the dealer is showing a 4 or 5.

 Doubling Down:

When you receive your cards you have option to double down. Basically this mans that you are allowed to double your initial bet in exchange for receiving only one card. Some casinos will allow you to bet lower than your initial wager but most if not all will not allow you to increase the wager. Always check the house rules as some will only allow you to double down when you hold 10 or 11.

So when should you double down? If the dealer isn't showing and Ace and you have 10 or 11 its always advisable to double down.  A hard 9 (5-4 or 6-3 is another good hand to double on if the dealer is showing a 2-6.

Worth mentioning here is doubling when splitting.  If you split a pair, some casinos do allow you to DD on either or both cards.  Essentially called a double after split and as a player you gain an advantage.

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