Blackjack is an incredibly popular table game. In fact, it’s more popular than roulette, craps and baccarat combined. The most important thing for you as a player to understand is that, despite how fun Blackjack is, the house always has the advantage. The reason for this is because the player plays first, meaning you’re more likely to bust before the dealer. Now, what can we do to make sure you don’t go bust at the Blackjack table? Let’s learn everything you need to know to become a Blackjack boss!
Step 1: Betting and recognising your cards.
First things first. You need to decide how much you want to bet. Place as much as you like, in chip value, on the table and get ready to play. The dealer will deal 2 cards to you and one to himself. Only one of his cards will be face up. Inspect your cards. The goal is to have the sum of your cards reach 21 (or be closer to 21 than the dealer), but never more than that. All face cards count as 10, while the aces can count as either 1 or 11. If you’re lucky enough to get dealt a face card and an ace, you’ll automatically win!
Step 2: Hit, Stay and other strategies
If your cards don’t add up to 21, you need to decide how to continue. As a player you have the option to Hit, Stay (or Stand), Double Down, Split or Surrender.
If you choose to hit, the dealer will deal another card to you. This will be added to your total. If the result ends in a tally over 21, you as the player bust and lose the round. It’s generally dangerous to hit when your current tally is 16 or over as the likelihood of going over 21 increases dramatically.
If you choose to stay, it means you’re happy with your current hand and are confident that it can beat the dealer.
If you get the option of doubling down, it means you can only recieve one more card to add to your tally, but your original bet will be doubled.
If you’re dealt two cards with the exact same point value, you can choose to split. This will begin a second bet to the value of your original bet. Your 2 original cards will now form the base of 2 new hands that you’ll try to get as close to 21 as possible.
Some casino’s offer players the chance to surrender. By surrendering, you admit that your cards are unable to beat the dealer and half of your bet is forfeit. You must surrender before the dealer begins dealing for himself.
Step 3: Insurance
Insurance is an interesting mechanic and it is generally not recommended, especially for newer players. Insurance can be requested if the dealer’s face up card is an ace. Basically, you’re betting that the dealer’s face down card is a picture card (guaranteeing 21). When revealed, if the dealer has 21 and you lose your bet, you still win the insurance. This means you come out even despite being guaranteed to lose.
Step 4: Win or Lose
Once you have completed your hand, the dealer will flip their remaining face down card over. The dealer will then be required to play under a certain set of rules. If his total is 16 or less, he must draw another card. If the dealer has 17 or more, they must stand. Players who then have less points than the dealer lose, those with more win, and if the dealer goes over 21 – they bust and all players win.
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