How to Play Blackjack

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The first thing that comes to mind when one hears of blackjack is that it is one of the easiest casino games to beat. Well, that might be true in some cases, but not entirely. This stereotype first came out when the game was still new as a practical counting system that allowed players to have the edge over casinos was made available in the early ‘60s.

Well, that was in the past as playing conditions have changed a lot since then. Now, most tables use more than one deck. Cutting a certain percentage of cards out of the game is also done today. And even if a lot of players didn’t have the skills to win the game consistently, the belief that blackjack can easily be beaten was what made it as the most popular casino game in the U.S.

How to play?

The game of blackjack is played with a standard 52-card deck. Some casinos have one deck, while others have more. Each denomination also has a point value, and cards from two to ten have their face values.

Kings, queens, and jacks are worth 10, while aces can either be assigned a 1 or 11 value. The main goal of the game is to draw cards that can total to as close as 21 without going beyond the cards of the dealer.

The game is commonly played at a table that features an arc shape. This can accommodate up to seven players at max, including the dealer. The game starts after placing a bet in the betting square. Each player is then given by the dealer two cards once all bets are placed.

Players then decide on how they’re going to play out their hands. After which, the dealer will draw more cards that will total 16. They must also stand to a total of 17 or more.

Rules of the Game

Hit

A hit means that you can get another card to get close to 21. But you lose your bet if your total goes beyond 21 after getting a hit. There are different ways of signaling a hit. The first is by pointing to your cards and the second one if by scratching the table with your cards. Those two methods are done in shoe and facedown games respectively.

Stand

Standing means that you no longer will draw any cards in the hope that your total is enough to beat the dealer. A stand can be signaled by holding a flat palm over your cards. You can also slide your cards under your bet.

Double down

A double down means that you can increase your original bet by doubling it up. You also receive only one more card. However, doubling down is restricted by some casinos if your hands total 10 or 11. To double down, simply take your chips that is equal to your original bet and place them next to your current bet. Turn your first two cards face up in facedown games.

Split

You can make your second bet equal to your first one if ever your first two cards have similar denominations. Play it out in a normal fashion until you get a bust or stand.

Insurance

Taking insurance can be done if the dealer has an ace faceup card. In simpler terms, an insurance is a bet where the dealer gets a 10-value card and is enough to complete a blackjack. The catch here, though, is that if you win the insurance but lose the hand, you can still come out even. It’s a win-win, so to speak.