Hit and Stand Strategy
Hitting and standing are the most basic moves in blackjack. The former is a request for another card while the latter calls the end of the game. This should be one of the things you learn first from the basic blackjack strategy but, in brief, you should stand on a strong hand and hit on a weak one. There are quite a few things that can complicate this rule so it’s worth reading about before you join Mr Green’s blackjack games.
When the dealer has an ace as their up-card, i.e. the one you can see, players have the opportunity to take insurance. This is known as a side bet. Insurance is quite an enigmatic action as it seemingly has no supporters in the casino community. Why? It’s a wager on the dealer having a 10, giving a total of 21. Advanced players may take insurance if they have a strong hand but, still, it’s a variant of standard betting that has proven tough to sell.
Even Money Strategy
Picture this - you have 21 and the dealer has an ace. In this scenario, there’s a chance that the dealer also has blackjack. Obviously, we don’t want a drawn game, as there’s no profit in it for us. The even-money strategy is designed to help us here as a hedge against a tie. The parallels that even money has with insurance does make it an undesirable thing to do but it does offer a good return of twice your stake.