The Blackjack Ultimate Guide

Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games around. Enter any casino in the world and you are sure to see at least a few Blackjack tables inside.

Blackjack is both thrilling, incredibly fun and easy to play!

With a little hBlackJackelp from this guide you will quickly be proficient in the method of play in no time at all and be ready for that big casino trip you have been planning!

Players:

In theory, the game can consist of any number of players, but it is only played with one typical 52 card deck so probably works best for between 3-7 players. If you are at home it is advisable to not exceed this amount, but all casinos will have limited places regardless.

This being said, due to the nature of the game, essentially it is a two player game as the participants do not play against one another, instead they all individually play against the dealer.

Aim of the Game:

Essentially, the aim of the game is to reach 21 or get as close to it as possible without exceeding it.

If you do exceed 21, you will go what is known as “Bust” and lose the game.

If you do reach successfully 21, you have achieved “Blackjack” and you have won.

Although, reaching 21 is a key factor of the game, the more important aspect of the game is to beat the dealer in this conquest.

Essentially, landing on 21 is not needed to win the game, rather simply getting closer to it than the dealer.

Values of Cards:

The most important thing is to remember what cards are worth what in game-play.

Below is a list of what they are worth:

  • All suits in the game are equal
  • All numbers card represent their value
  • All Face cards represent 10
  • Ace card can represent 1 or 11, reflective of the in-game situation for the player
  • All suits in the game are equal
  • Jokers are not used

Hands:

Before the cards are dealt, each player will be asked to make a bet, the minimum of this will vary from table to table so be aware of this.

The dealer will shuffle and deal the cards, with each player receiving two.

Both of the players cards will be received face up.

The dealer will also receive two but for him just one will be face up.

The rest of the game will be based upon the players perceived chances that their two cards will get closer to 21 than the dealers face up card combined with the face down card.

Game-play:

Player:

After the first deal, it may be the case that some players may have already achieve 21 if they have received a Face card and an Ace, as obviously this accumulates to 21.

If this happens this players have beat the dealer and they have won.

However, this does not spell the end of the game and it still continues for the other players at the table.

In the likely case that this has not happened for everyone, the remaining players will then opt to “Stand” meaning they are content with their hand and face their chances again the dealer’s hand, or alternatively, they will “Hit” and receive another card.

After this, they will either exceed 21 and go bust, or they will be put in the same situation again and have to judge whether they close enough to 21 to “Stand” or they can opt to “Hit” again.

This goes on until the player has either hit Blackjack, chosen to “Stand” or gone “Bust”. Potentially, they may also have received five cards without going bust, which is referred to as “Five Card Trick”, and results in a win for said player.

Dealer:

At which point the dealer takes his turn. He will then reveal his second card, if this number exceeds 17, he must stand.

This means any other player who has decided to “Stand” premature to reaching 17 will have lost.

The dealers “Stand” also means that he has reached his final number and thus, any players with less than him, will have also lost.

If a player has achieved a figure closer to 21, he will have won.

Alternatively, if the dealer has two cards below 17, he must “Hit” and continue to “Hit” until which time he surpasses 17, and the above rules will apply again.

Other plays:

Players are not limited to merely “Hitting” or “Standing”, players also have the option to:

  • Split Pairs- If a player receives two cards of the same denomination he can choose to split the cards and thus, plays on with two separate hands. However, the player must equal his bet and hit at least once more.
  • Double Down- If a player achieves a total of 9, 10, 11 on his first hand, he can opt to double his bet and receive one more card. The result is revealed at the end of the hand. If he wins, he wins double his wager, if not, he loses double.
  • Insurance- If the dealer’s card is an Ace, players can opt to place a bet of up to half the original wager that the dealer’s second card is a 10 card and thus, Blackjack for the house. If so, then the player wins double their half bet, if not, all is lost. 

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