Blackjack, also known as twenty-one, is a card game, found in almost all casinos. It’s a card game with one or more decks of 52 cards, played without the jokers. The goal is simple – to beat the dealer’s hand by getting a combined value of or as close to 21.
How to Play Blackjack
Once sat down, bets are placed first before each round starts. The dealer then commences dealing from the shoe. The dealer deals one card face up to each player and then one card facedown to him or herself. The dealer will then deal another card to each player face up and another card face up this time to him or herself.
Now the fun starts. The dealer will turn their attention to the player furthest to the left (otherwise known as first base) and wait for the player to decide what action to take, that’s if his two cards dealt already isn’t a blackjack, (Ace + Picture Card). An ace in Blackjack is valued at 1 or 11, and a picture card is valued at 10. 11+10 = 21, which pays typically 3 to 2. So, a $5 stake will return the players stake plus $7.50 in winnings.
If the player doesn’t have a blackjack, they choose to ‘Hit” or ‘Stand.’ Hit is requesting a further card or Stand being no more cards. The player can request as many cards they like, but if the total goes over 21, the hand will be considered a bust. The dealer follows the same process from left to right, with each player sat at the table.
Once the players sat at the table, have received their cards, the dealer will turn the facedown card over. If their total is 17 or over, the dealer stands, if the dealer has 16 or under, they must take another card.
Splitting Cards in Blackjack.
The dealer will offer the player the opportunity to “Split” cards if both hole cards are equal in value. Should the player decide to split the pair delt, the player will need to stake the original bet again. The player is now playing two hands instead of one. Splitting cards are advised when getting specific pairs but not recommended with others. Being dealt a pair of 8’s, or Aces is considered great pairs to split. Both combinations split, give the player a chance to gain one or more blackjacks and finish obtaining two picture cards or a better combination than either standing or hitting on 16.
Doubling Down in Blackjack.
Blackjack players will have the option to ‘Double Down’ on their two hole cards, this means doubling the stake initially placed. However, the dealer will only deal one further card once the player has opted to double. Doubling down is only a good option if you have two cards with a value or 10 or 11.
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The main difference between classic Blackjack and European Blackjack is the way the cards are dealt. It’s is a distinctive feature that directly affects the way players play. In Classic Blackjack, the dealer deals two cards to the players and two to himself, one is face down, and one is face up.
In European Blackjack, the dealer will deal the player’s cards the same but only deal one card face up to himself. Once all the players have settled on their cards, the dealer will then deal the second card to himself. The risk increases based on the number of cards dealt to players, however, should the dealer’s first card be an Ace, players sat at the table can opt to buy Insurance on their initial stake. Choosing Insurance will cost half of the original stake placed. If the dealer gets a blackjack, the players that took Insurance will receive 2:1 Back.
Atlantic City Blackjack
The players can split their hand up to three times if they wish to do so. If they receive two Aces, they can also split, but only once. When this happens, the dealer will deal only one card to each Ace and end his turn. Atlantic City Blackjack is a variant that includes surrender. Surrendering isn’t a common option. It’s not a wager offered in all types of blackjack variants; it allows players to fold their cards but receive half their initial bet back.
Vegas Strip Blackjack
The players make their bets before receiving cards. After this, the dealer proceeds to deal one card to each player present, and one to himself; all cards dealt are face up. The next step is to deal a second card to each player. The dealer will then deal himself with a card which will be facedown.
If the dealer has a ten-value card, (a number 10 or a picture card), he will check if his other card that’s face down is an Ace, in which case the game is over. All players will lose except those who also have Blackjack, but they will only get back their initial bet, without getting the usual 3 to 2 payout. A few differences in the Vegas Strip is it is played with four decks of 52 cards. Players are also able to insure their stake and able to split as well as double down.