Basic Choices in Online Blackjack

When playing online blackjack, players are asked to make a few simple choices. While there are certainly some more complex options, by mastering the basic choices of when to hit and when to stay, players can quickly and easily turn a profit in online blackjack.

Hitting or Standing

It's never a good idea for players to hit indiscriminately. When a player hits, he or she receives one extra card. That card's value is then added to the value of the hand. This can be good when the value is too low to beat the dealer's hand, but if the total value goes over 21, the player busts and loses his or her bet. Players should be careful to bet only when they are confident that the odds are in their favor, and they are unlikely to top 21. If the hand value is already high, the player should stand and wait to see what the dealer has.

Determining the Balance of the Deck

Players who have a good idea of the balance of the deck can make the most educated decisions about when to hit. Most card counting techniques are based on an understanding that once a large number of high cards have already been played, only low cards remain and vice versa. If players know the balance of the deck is high and they have a high or even medium hand total, hitting will most likely cause them to bust. If the balance is low, though, they can hit without worry that the odds are against them.

Players who know how to use their knowledge about the balance of the deck can hit or stand with much greater confidence.