BlackJack Rules


The game of BlackJack is by far the most popular table game offered in casinos and on the internet. If you are unfamiliar with the rules of blackjack, you've come to the right place! The various Blackjack rules that can differ from one casino to another. But these are the basic blackjack rules.


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Object of the BlackJack game: The basic premise of the game is that you want to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over 21. Other players at the table are of no concern. Your hand is strictly played out against the hand of the dealer.


The numerical values of the cards are: (10, J, Q, K) = 10; (Ace) = 1 or 11; (Other cards) = face value (7= 7). A blackjack occurs when the dealer or a player draw an ace and a ten (10, J, Q, K). A black jack usually pays 3 to 2. This means that if you bet 20 dollars, you will win a further 30 dollars on a Black jack.


The Deal: Each player is dealt two cards in sequence, one at a time, either face up or face down, depending on the house rules, in a clockwise direction. The dealer receives one card down and one card up. Now the player has to decide what to do.



Essential Blackjack Rules


Hit means that the player draws another card. This is often a good idea when your hand has a low value. In that case you can often hit several times until your hand has a higher value. This, however, can also be risky, as you may exceed 21, in which case you will lose the game instantly. In this example it is too dangerous to ask for another card. The risk of getting more than 21 by drawing another card is high.


If the player does not want anymore cards he should inform the dealer that he wishes to stand. In a face up game the player does this by waving his hand in a lateral motion with palm down. In a face down game the player would tuck his first two cards under his bet.


Double, or ’Double down’ means to double your bet while receiving one - and only one - additional card. A good example of a doubling opportunity is when you hold a total of 11, say a (6,5) against a dealer's upcard of 5. In this case, you have a good chance of winning the hand by drawing one additional card


If a player's initial two cards are identical in value, he may split them by betting an amount equal to his original bet on the second card. He then draws additional cards on each of the split pairs, playing each hand (from his right to his left) in turn.


Insurance is perhaps the least understood of all the commonly available rules for Black jack. This is often a bad thing because the insurance bet is normally a poor bet for the player, with a high house advantage.


Example of Blackjack rules: We receive a 10 and a jack, in total a value of 20. The dealer receives a queen, and his hand has the value 10 at this point. Now the player has to decide what to do.


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In this example we chose ‘Stand’, and the turn goes to the dealer. If the dealer's hand is 16 or less, he must take a card. If the dealer's hand is 17 or more, he must stand.


The next card happends to be a king, which means that the dealer’s hand has the value 26, which is higher than 21. This is called a ‘bust’ and results in the dealer losing this round.


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