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How to play Blackjack

Blackjack is a great game for beginners in the casino world. Also known as 21 it´s an easy game to learn and provides endless hours of entertainment.

 

The Objective of Blackjack

The aim of the game is to beat the dealer. If the total value of the players cards is higher than the dealers are and you didn't go over 21 you win. If the total value of the players cards goes over 21 the player "Busts". Should the player "Bust" they automatically lose. The player has to play first so even if the player "Busts" as well as the Dealer the player will still lose.

 

Card Values

In Blackjack the suit of the cards is not important. Cards 2 – 10 are counted at face value without regards to their suit. The point values of the cards range from 2-10 (where a 2 will equal 2 points and so on). All face cards (King, Queens and Jacks) are equal to 10. The value of the Ace card is up to you, choose the value that will best suit your hand. The Ace can either be equal to 1 or equal to 11.

 

How to play Blackjack

To begin the game each player places a wager. This is referred to as the ante bet and indicates to the dealer that you would like cards. When playing Blackjack every player is dealt 2 cards face up. The dealer himself gets 2 cards, 1 is face up and 1 is face down (known as the hole card). Once the cards are dealt each player (starting from left of the Dealer) is offered the chance to "stand" or "hit".

Stand: If you "stand" it means you are happy with the total of your 2 cards and you don´t want to add any more cards. For example if you have a king and a 9, you have 19 points and a very small chance of getting 21 without going "bust".

Hit: If you want a higher total for your 2 cards and believe you can beat the dealer opt for a "hit". You will receive another card and add this value to your previous 2 cards. "Hit" wisely as a total over 21 is a bust and you´ll automatically lose.

The decision to either "hit" or "stand" should be based on the Dealer´s up card. As a rule of thumb assume the dealer has a 10 in the hole.

Doubling Down: The player places a second wager after being dealt their fist two cards. You may also receive only one more card. You are only able to Double Down on the first 2 cards. You are also able to "Double Down" after a split. Only do this if you are confident you can win the game.

Split: If the 2 cards you are dealt are a pair. (2 cards of the same numerical value) you can separate them into 2 hands by "splitting". An additional bet equal to your starting bet is required. You now play each hand one at a time. You will be dealt a second card to go with the first split card. Decide if you want to "stand" or "hit". Once you have finished playing out this hand you repeat the process with the second split card. At some online casinos you are even able to "Double Down" on the original 2 cards after splitting.

 

The Dealer

Once all the players have either hit, stand or gone bust the dealer will reveal his hole cards and his total. The dealer plays according to house rules he will hit if his total is 16 or less and stand if the total is 17 or higher. You win if the dealer bustss or if your total is higher than the dealers.

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