The 7 Types of Action at Blackjack Explained

When playing Blackjack, you can usually choose between 7 types of action when the turn is yours. Let’s have a closer look at them.


Bet: First, you have to choose how much you want to bet. The minimum and maximum bet that is possible depends on the table limit. The choice of how much you want to bet is completely up to you.

My advice is to play only with money you can afford to lose. And I had mentioned bankroll management before. I would therefore bet only a small fraction of the money you have decided that you can lose during that casino session. If you deposit $100 to your favorite online casino, for example, I’d suggest to play with no more than $5 bets in Blackjack. The lower the amount, the longer you can play with your money (but of course, the less you can win in case you get lucky).


Hit: When you hit, you get another card. You can “hit” as often as you want, but remember that if the value of your cards exceeds 21, then you are “bust” and have lost that round. A very basic strategy could be to act the same way as the casino, and hit as long as you have 16 or less points, and stand (see next action) when you have 17 or more points.


Stand: When you “stand”, you decide not to take another card. The higher the value of your cards, the more reasons you have to stand. With values of 18 or more you should always stand.


Double Down: This is another gamble during the gamble. Doubling down means that you chose to take one single additional, last card. And in the same time, you double your bet. This something you could try out when the value of your cards is at 11 and when you don’t have an ace in your hand. With 11 points, you have a decent chance that with the next card you get 21 points (when getting a ten, a jack, a queen or a king).


Split: When you have a pair, you can split the pair into two separate hands. Sometimes, it’s the correct strategy to split a pair. For example, if you have aces or eights, you should always split them. On the other hand, you should never split fours, fives or tens, because here the odds are in your disfavor.


Insurance: You can buy an insurance against the dealer getting a blackjack if his first card is an ace. Generally, you should never buy an insurance as the expected value of this bet is always negative.


Surrender: Note that this option is not available in all casinos and Blackjack variants. When surrendering, you get back half of your bet. You could do this when you have a bad gut feeling about the next cards. But usually, it’s better not to surrender.


So, these are the seven types of action that you can take at the Blackjack table. Are you ready to play?


Good luck!



Doctor Jackpot


PS: Before taking action at a table, you have to first chose where you want to play. So you could call this another type of action that you can take. For example, you could choose to sign up at BetOnline, because the currently offer a bonus of up to $5,000 (and accept players from all over the world).