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How to play Blackjack

How to play Blackjack

The basics to playing Blackjack are pretty simple. The aim of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over – or by getting closer to 21 than the Dealer/House. Each card has a face value, the Ace being counted as either 1 or 11, Face cards as 10 and all other cards hold their numeric value.

To start the game you must firstly place a wager. You will then be dealt 2 cards as will the Dealer. One of the Dealer’s cards will be face up; this is called the “UP Card”. Now you will be given the opportunity to Hit, Stand, Split or Double Down.

Hitting: means receiving an additional card.

Standing: means you do not want another card.

Splitting: a pair, such as eight’s or ace’s means you would have to match your original wager and the pair gets split in to two separate hands.

Double down: means you placing a second wager, equivalent to that of your original bet, to receive an additional card.

Once all players have decided on their hands, the Dealer will now determine his/her move. If the Dealer breaks, all players will be paid one to one odds. Alternatively each person’s wager will be paid, depending on card totals, in relation to the Dealer’s card total. The player holding the cards adding up closest to 21 wins, anything over 21 always loses.v

When a player gets “Blackjack” or “Natural 21” they receive odds of three to two, or “Time and a Half”. If the Dealer also has “Blackjack” or Natural 21” it will be considered a “push” or a tie.

A “Blackjack” or “Natural 21” means your initial two cards are an Ace and a Ten valued card, (the combination of the value of these cards will equal 21). If you have “Blackjack” and the Dealer’s up card is an Ace, you will be offered the option to either accept, “Even Money”, meaning you can decline finding out if the Dealer/House has a “Blackjack”, but rather take one to one odds immediately, forfeiting your potential payoff of three to two odds.

Being offered to “take insurance” means the Dealer has an Ace as an up card and could possibly have a “Blackjack”. By “taking insurance” you are placing a second bet, up to half of the amount of your original wager, now you are betting that the Dealer/House has a “Blackjack”. Should you choose to place this bet, and the dealer does indeed have a “Blackjack” you will lose your original bet, but bet paid odds of two to one on your insurance bet, meaning you will break even. Most “basic strategy” players will advice against taking this option, as the odds are against you, wagering on the Dealer/House having the “Blackjack”.

All players at the table (online or in a Casino) play against the Dealer/House, so the outcome of other players hands will not affect your outcome as you are all playing against the same opponent.