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When do Blackjack Dealers Hit?

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the rules for blackjack dealers. Some people think that they always hit on 16 or less, while others believe that they can stand whenever they want.

I’ve heard many people get confused because they used to play certain rules with their friends and family. They expect these same rules to be applied elsewhere and become confused (and sometimes angry) when the blackjack casino rules are different.

So, what is the truth? When do blackjack dealers have to hit and when do they have to stand?

Let’s find out.

What Score Does a Blackjack Dealer Have to Hit On?

Blackjack dealers must hit if their card total is below 17. This means that they will take another card in order to try and get closer to 21. If their card total is 17 or above, then the dealer will stand, which means they will not take any more cards.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. In some cases, dealers may be required to hit on a soft 17, which is a hand that contains an Ace and totals either seven or 17.

Whether the dealer hits or stands on Soft 17 will be clearly stated on the blackjack table itself. I recommend you always check this before you start to play.

However, regardless of the Soft 17 rule, the dealer must always stand on hard 17 in every variation of blackjack.

And the dealer must always hit on all scores of 16 or below.

It’s also important to note that blackjack dealers will never have the option to split or double down. This means that they will never divide their hand into two separate hands, nor will they double their bet and take another card.

So, now you know the answer to the question: when do blackjack dealers hit? They must hit if their card total is below 17, with the exception of a soft 17 in some game versions. If their card total is 17 or above, then they will stand.

Remember, blackjack dealers will never be given decisions to make. Whatever the table rules, they must always follow a set procedure, every time.

Last Updated on September 18, 2022

David Graham
Posted in Rules & How to Play

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