In blackjack, the dealer must take a card if he has 16 or less and stand if he has 17 or less. The interesting thing is, statistically, the dealer will bust more often if his up card is anywhere from 2 through 6. If the dealer has any other up card he will likely not bust. Because of the statistical probabilities, it is to your advantage as player to stand when the dealer has a 2 through 6 as his up card. The worst hand to have as a player is a hard 16. By hard, I mean you have don’t have an ace. So a hard 16 would be a 6 with a face card, a 9-7, or two 8s. The reason this is the worst hand to have in blackjack is because, statistically, players bust more often with 16 than any other hand. So how should you play a hard 16 given all of these statistics? When the dealer has a 7 through Ace showing, it’s to your advantage to take a hit because you will busts less often. If the dealer has a 2 through 6 then you should stand. Remember, the dealer will bust more often with those numbers showing. Don’t be a fool. Play the odds. If you have two 8s, split them. Always. Sixteen is such a lousy hand to have you might as well just split those 8s and hope for at least one good hand. A face card on either one of them increases your chance for a win tremendously, especially if the dealer is showing a 2 through 6. If the dealer has a 7 or 8 face up then you are looking pretty good. Anything else you draw is better than that 16. Think about it: Draw a 2, you have 10. Take another hit. Draw a 3, you have 11. Hit it. Draw a 4, that’s 12. If the dealer is showing a 4, 5, or 6, hold; take just one more card if showing a 2 or 3. Draw a 5, you’ve got 13. Just hold on that because the dealer is in his danger zone. If the dealer has a 7 or more you might as well hit. Draw a 6, 14. Same as 13. Draw a 9, there’s 15 and you should follow the same guidelines as for 13 and 14. Draw another 8? Split ‘em again. Why not? You’re on a roll.