Should I hit 13 in blackjack?

Blackjack rules

The card game blackjack is one of the most popular Casino games in offline casinos and online casinos. It is a further development of the French "17 and 4" card game in which the individual players play against the dealer (bank). The aim of the game is to get as close as possible to the value 21 with your hand of cards or to hit the value 21.

Rules of the game for blackjack

The blackjack game always consists of a dealer who represents the bank and at least one opponent. Up to seven opponents can sit at the blackjack table. Classic blackjack is played with French playing cards with 52 cards in six packs. In contrast to classic poker cards, the blackjack cards have a so-called bridge format, which contains particularly large index characters for the numbers. The cards have the following values: The numerical values ​​2-10 correspond to the printed numerical values. The jack, queen and king are each worth ten points. The ace can represent either one point or eleven points. The value that is most favorable for the player is always used here.

Object of the game of blackjack

The aim of the game is to get as close as possible to the card value 21 with two or more cards or to hit this card value. The value of 21 must not be exceeded. The game starts with two cards per player, one additional card can be "bought" per round. In the end, either the playing blackjack casino or the player wins, depending on who is closer to the value 21. In contrast to Poker rules the players always play against the Bak and not against each other!

How to play blackjack

After the individual players have taken their seats at the table, the dealer distributes an open card to each player. The players all pay their stake for this card. Then each player receives a second open card, except for the dealer himself. The player to the left of the dealer starts and can now request (buy) more cards until he comes as close as possible to the value of 21 points. Alternatively, no further card can be requested. If the value of 21 is exceeded by buying another card, the player has lost and is eliminated. When all players are satisfied with their current values ​​and do not want another card, the dealer draws his second card. The following rule now applies to him.

If the dealer has 17 or more points, the dealer does not have to do anything. If you have 16 points or less, you must buy a card. Aces always count with eleven points for the dealer. The dealer has no choice. There is an exception to this: If the dealer were to exceed 21 with his other card, the ace only counts with one point in this case. If the dealer exceeds 21 points, all other participants remaining at the table have won. Otherwise, the players whose value is closer to 21 points than the dealer's value win. If the score is tied, the game is considered a tie. The stakes go back to the players. If the game is won, the player's stake is doubled.

If a player manages to hit a seven of a kind (three times the 7) then he immediately wins the game. Regardless of which cards the dealer is holding. The player receives a 1.5-fold increase in his stake as a win and the game is over for him with the triple seven.

If a player manages to hit an ace and a ten or an ace and a king / queen / jack with the first two cards face up, this is called blackjack. In this case, too, the stake is increased by 1.5 times and paid out as a profit. A tie could only occur here if the dealer is just as lucky and hits a blackjack as well.

If the dealer has ace first card, players have the option of insuring themselves against a casino blackjack. To do this, an additional stake must be placed on the insurance line. In this case, if the dealer actually hits the blackjack, the bet on the insurance line is doubled and all players are paid out as a profit. Should the bank fail to hit the blackjack, the insured amount will be withdrawn. The player does not get them back. These so-called insurance bets are a kind of side bet of the actual blackjack game. The complete overview at presents the individual side bets in more detail!

If a player starts with two cards of the same value, for example a pair or two face cards, then he can continue playing with a split hand. He now has to pay the stake again, so that there are two stakes on the table and the two cards also split into two new card pairs, to which the player receives a card from the bank. He doesn't just play with one hand, so to speak, but with two hands. It is also possible to double your stake as soon as you have received your first two cards.

Another special variant that is offered in many casinos is the bust option. With this, the player can bet that the dealer will "over-buy" himself in the next round. Say he gets 22 or more points. This is also an additional side bet of the game.

Blackjack strategy

Many players try the so-called basic strategy in blackjack. Just like Roulette rules can be played strategically in blackjack. With the help of this, the bank advantage is minimized. Different card combinations are referred to as either hard hands or soft hands. The following table provides information on how to deal with a so-called hard hand (card combinations without an ace or card combinations with an ace in which the ace counts as a point. Example: ace, 5 & 7 counts as hard-13)

Dealer handPlayer handPlayer hand
Ace, Hard 16Hard 17 stop.
6,5,4Buy Hard 11Hard 12 or higher: stand still.
3,2Buy Hard 12Hard 13 or higher: stand still

This means that if you “buy” another card is required, if you “stop” no further card is required and the current hand is played!

A soft hand, on the other hand, is a hand with an ace, which is always rated with eleven points. The following should be used with such a soft hand

  • Soft hands with 19 or more points should never be bought
  • Soft 18 of three or more cards will only buy if dealer holds 9.10 or ace
  • Soft 17 or less, consisting of three or more cards, should always be purchased

Soft-Hands & Hard-Hands: When do you double up?

The following table provides information on which hand of cards the soft hands should be doubled for:

Player handDealer's hand:Double:
Soft 13 & Soft 156Yes
Soft 14 & Soft 156,5Yes
Soft 166,5,4Yes
Soft 176,5,4,3Yes
Soft 186,5,4,3Yes
Ace & 8, Ace & 9, Ace & 10-No

With hard hands it looks like this: If you have 8 or fewer points, you should never double. At 9 points it is doubled if the dealer holds 6,5,4 or 3 and at 10 or 11 points it should always be doubled. The exception would be if the dealer had a 10. Hard hands with 12 or more points are never doubled!