What Are The Rules Of Blackjack?
Blackjack is also known as 21, and it is a fairly simple game to learn how to play. It is one of the most famous casino table games. If you are new to the game and do not know the rules of blackjack, or you need to make sure that you understand all of the key points of the game, this is the guide for you.
If you have never played table casino games, it is easy to feel overwhelmed once you have a seat at the blackjack table. To beginners, the game can appear to move very quickly, and the other players around you may seem more experienced and adept to playing the game.
The good news is that by reading this guide, studying the examples and practicing, you will be prepared for anything when you are at the table.
The Fundamentals Of Blackjack
As previously stated, the game of blackjack is simple. The objective of the game is to have a card value in your hand that is as close to 21 as possible without going over 21. You also want to make sure that you are closer to 21 than your opponent, who is the dealer. Keep in mind that no matter who else is at the table, your hand is only competing with the hand of the dealer.
The rules of blackjack are strictly enforced. This means that you do not have to worry about the dealer overriding any decisions on the table.
You also do not have to worry about the other players or the dealer seeing your cards. In fact, there are some blackjack games where all of the player’s cards are dealt with the card values showing.
It is also important that you understand the value of the cards. They are as follows:
10, King and Queen cards are counted as 10
An Ace can be a 1 or an 11
Cards from 2 through 9 are their face value
You do not have to worry about the suit of the cards such as hearts, spades, etc. You only need to worry about the value of the card.
Let’s consider the following examples:
7 heart – 8 diamond – 4 spade = 7+8+4 = 19
Queen heart – 2 diamond – 8 spade = 10+2+8 =20
Any hand that is over 21 is considered a ‘busted’ hand. A busted hand equals an automatic loss.
However, the Ace is a card that can add a ‘twist’ to your hand. The Ace can be counted as a 1 or as an 11, and you do not have to tell the dealer or other players how you intend to play the card. The value of the card can be changed as more cards are included in your hand.
After bets have been placed, the dealer will begin to deal the cards. The dealer will begin by passing cards on his/her left and each player ends up with two cards. The dealer will then turn one of his/her cards over. This is known as dealer upcard.
In shoe games, the players cards are dealt up, and players cannot touch the cards. This type of blackjack game is typically a favorite among beginners because they do not have to touch the cards.
Dealers must play their hands in a certain way. After the first card is flipped over, the dealer must continue to draw cards until their hand totals at least 17.
So, once the hand is over, how does the dealer collect wins? If a player draws a card that causes them to go bust, they lose. The dealer will collect the bet, and the hand will be discarded.
If the dealer goes bust, all players who are left will win.
If neither a player or a dealer goes bust, the final totals will be compared. The higher total is the winner.
Standing And Hitting
The problem that you will face the most often during the game is whether you should ‘stand’ (stop at your total), or ‘hit’ (draw a card).
The excitement of blackjack, as well as a lot of profit in the game comes from a player’s ability to ‘double down’ their hand. By doubling down, you will be able to increase your bet by doubling it. However, you will only get one extra card to add to your hand.
An ideal doubling hand is when your cards total 10 when placed against the upcard dealer’s card of 6. You have an opportunity to win the game just by drawing one more card.
Strategies For Winning
If you want to win at blackjack, in addition to utilizing the rules of blackjack, you also need a strategy. Fortunately, there are some tips that you can use to create your own strategy and decrease the house’s advantage. The following is a list of do’s and don’ts:
Do not stand on a total of 11 or less
Do not hit on a total of 17 or over
Do not hit on totals between 12 and 16 when the dealer has an upcard of 4, 5 or 6
Do hit on totals between 12 and 16 when the dealer has an upcard of 7 or more
When you want to double down, keep in mind that there are more cards in the deck that total 10 than any other number. So, if a 10 will get your hand near 21, and the dealer has a bad card, double.
For example, a player who has a 9, 10 or an 11 will always have a better chance of doubling down when the dealer has a 3, 4, 5, or 6 showing. This is simply because those lower starting cards will more than likely cause the dealer to go ‘bust’.
Always remember, when in doubt, do not hesitate to ask the dealer. It is their job to help new players understand the game of blackjack.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you to understand the rules of blackjack a little better, and what you should expect when you sit down at a casino table game. You can also choose to play without leaving the comfort of your home by playing on online blackjack websites.
You don’t want to work with bookmakers operating in jurisdictions where online betting is illegal. So scroll to the bottom of every bookmaker’s website and check two things: registered location and licencing authority. Find both and you will be in good shape. If either one is missing, do some further research before signing on.