Blackjack – you gotta love it! The game of blackjack is first of all a simple one, requiring only a deck of cards and two or more players to start with. Blackjack offers countless hours of fun and excitement. Besides all the fun, odds are actually quite good when playing blackjack which is why the game is an instant favourite to many gamblers, both experienced and newcomers.
The Few Basic Rules
There are only a few basic rules of blackjack that you will need to know before joining a game. First and foremost, the rules will always be posted on a sign next to the dealer – please read the rules before you get started. Just as interesting are the rules that the dealer has to abide to; these rules will also be stated at the table for you to read.
In blackjack, all face cards (kings, queens and jacks) has a value of 10, while the ace counts as either 1 or 11. To make it easy all others cards have their face value.
To win a game of blackjack you now have to either hit 21 or atleast be closest to – and always below – 21 with your hand of cards. The game proceeds in this way, that the dealer gives each player two cards. Before then the player has wagered an amount – be it either the table’s minimum bet or a higher rate if you are feeling lucky. While the player is dealt two cards, the dealer deals himself two cards as well, but only one of which is viewable to the player or players.
21 Is The Magic Number
21 is of course the magic number and if you already in your first two cards have a total of 21, you have blackjack! Blackjack is only possible with an ace and a card with a value of 10 as the ace counts 11. Blackjack is a winning hand and the dealer can at most hope to even get blackjack and thus get a draw.
As mentioned you need to have 21 or the highest hand below 21 to win a game of blackjack. If your hand exceeds 21 while you ask for more cards, you “bust” as it is called. To bust is to get any total value of cards over 21. When you bust, you lose your hand.
The risk of busting is what makes blackjack exciting and strategic! If your cards add up to 17 or even more it is considered a really bad idea to ask for another card. With so many cards with high values it is most likely that you will receive a card that makes you bust and lose the round. If you have 17 or more you must stand firm and not ask for more cards. Let the dealer take the bust instead!
These are the basic features of the blackjack game. But there is much more to it than shown here. In addition, you may split your hand if you have two identical cards and then play with two hands. If you have a strong hand, you can also double your bet to win even more. You will also have the option of surrendering or buying insurance but these advanced features should only be used once you master the basics of the game.