Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games played in casinos and at home. It is a game of chance, but with a good strategy, you can win big money!
Basic Rules of Blackjack
A 52-card deck is used in blackjack. Each card has a value: the number on the card, 10 for face cards, or one or 11 for an ace. The goal of the game is to have your total card count as close to 21 as possible without going over.
When a hand is dealt, the player has the option of standing (to not take more cards) or hitting (requesting more cards). There are some other decisions to make such as whether to double down, split a pair, surrender, and so on.
The player’s decision is made based on the rules of the game, which are based on millions of hands of play over time. The basic rules of the game include:
Insurance – If the dealer shows an ace, the player can place a side bet called “insurance” in a special area on the table usually marked as such. This bet pays 2 to 1 if the dealer has blackjack, and it will pay off even if the player wins or loses the main wager.
Players must first decide to stand on the first two cards they receive, or to hit (request more cards). The dealer must then reveal his down card and check to see if he has a blackjack. If the dealer does, he can then check to see if the player has blackjack, and so on.
In some casinos, players may also have the option of splitting their hand, if they hold two matching cards. If they do, the second hand is played by placing a new bet on the same value, but on an entirely separate area of the table.
A side bet called “surrender” is also available to players. This bet is only offered if the player does not believe that they will win.
If the first two cards are an ace and a 10-value card, then the player can have a blackjack (called “natural”). This is a win for both the player and the dealer; it beats all other hands.
Occasionally, a player will be dealt a hand that is soft, meaning that the cards have a lower value than 21, but are still legal to play. These types of hands can be tricky to play, so it is a good idea to learn the rules before playing.
Basic Strategy – The goal of blackjack is to have your cards count as close to 21 as possible without going too far over. The house edge in blackjack is about 1%, so if you follow a good strategy you can turn the tables on the casino!
A lot of players get so caught up in what other players are doing that they neglect their own strategy. This is a mistake because it can make the difference between winning and losing.