How To Play Blackjack

Blackjack is one of the easier games, many of us might have played at school and forgotten. But assuming you don’t know anything about Blackjack, or you’re a beginner…

Blackjack the card game where each player picks up and has to throw a card down, then make runs of suits pairs of cards, and can drop a Blackjack which is pick up 7 or pick up 5. Depending on what everyone decides. 2’s are also unlucky and can be added on by each player.

Not in casino Blackjack! The name of the game is different. It is more like Pontoon/21. Here you need to stick (hold) or request another card and you must get the nearest to 21 against the dealer. If you have a number and a 9,10, or royal court card or pair, you would usually stick. You then have to assess the dealers cards, if they had 18 and you had 12 you would turn another card. But if you had 13 and the dealer had 13 you would hold and hopefully watch the dealer go bust. The dealer must stop at the minimum of 17 cards.

Blackjack is the ultimate card where you can win more than any other hand. You can also insure when the dealer has a ten or a blackjack.

Blackjack Rules

If both players scored 21 and one had a blackjack hand he/she would win. When the player gets blackjack, they get more money than just a hand of 21! Their original bet 3:2 instead of a 2:1 return (50% more).

The objective of the game is to get 21 points royal cards J, Q, K count as 10, Ace counts as 1 or 11 as usual. The player always goes first. Blackjack wins!

If by chance the dealer or player has a blackjack, the likelihood of the next card being ten is quite high (with 4 10s, 12 Royals), the player can insure their bet, ensuring if the dealer scores a blackjack, the player does not lose the original bet. The insurance is extra. The same applies if either has a blackjack and any other number, the third card could still make it 21.

How To Start A Game Of Blackjack

The dealer deals 2 cards for the player and the dealer. The cards are all faced down. The player’s hand will turn over and they will now decide if they’re close enough to 21 or not without going bust? If the player goes over 21 by requesting another card, saying hit or tapping the table, then they will lose the game. For example; the player has a queen and 2 and asks for more, then gets a 10, he/she will go bust. Usually, the player will wave his hand or say hold and stick at a number he or she is happy with. You can also have the option to double down when you see your 1st two cards and this option means you double your bet and continue. It does NOT mean you double your bet and hold/stick. You will get an extra card when you double down.

The dealer also has similar options though it’s not quite the same! The dealer must PLAY TO 17 and in some versions HOLD/Stick at 18. This means if the dealer got lower cards, for example, Queen, 2 and then a 5, then they MUST play to 17 then stop. Meanwhile, if the player gets 18 and above up to 21 they win!

The dealer could get 21 with 2 or 3 cards for example Blackjack or 10, Ace. But when the dealer and player get the same, it’s called a push. Player gets their total bet back.

Where does the blackjack fit in? A hand with a blackjack wins overall. If you see the opposition (dealer) get a Blackjack and even if you stuck at 21, you will lose your money unless you got another Blackjack and chances of that are slim.

Blackjack Strategy

If you have seen a lot of 10 and major court cards go already, you might want to keep playing. An average place for a low/bad hand to stop is 13 because there is a massive chance they will get a 9 or 10. Eg player got 7, 5, Ace that would make 13 (could they score less than 8? What are the odds?) And if the dealer had 10 and 8 the player would continue to try and get 21 as they have already lost and therefore, have nothing left to lose. But if the dealer had 15, the dealer has to hit again, even if they get 10 and go bust at 25. “This is why the player usually has the upper hand in Blackjack“. In a video slot, it could possibly be less fair, as computers love to win! But in a real game, it’s your playing with real luck and real odds. The player will calculate any risk above 11 or hold at 17, 18, 19 or 20 unless the dealer got a better first hand. “Push” (draw) is another reason a player may slow down or stop. They will be glad to get their bet back instead.

But if the player has a 10 or royal court card and a 9 or 10, on the first deal it might be sensible to HOLD, there’s no point chasing a Blackjack or 21 because the likelihood of the dealer getting 19 or 20 is equal.

Anticipation/Forecasting

You can forecast the next card quite easily, if you and the dealer both get 10s or court cards in the second deal, it’s likely you will get lower in the next deal. Though the court cards are present with tens at a total of 5 xs the chance of picking up a ten. You may also notice how many 10 cards have gone. This is what the game boils down to. And just 2 Blackjacks in the deck… But many casinos use multiple packs of cards 4 – 6 decks are often shuffled together. A private game of Blackjack, therefore, differs from a real game in a live casino. In a real casino Blackjack game there could be up to 8-12 Blackjacks, 16-24 Aces, and up to 84 10 point cards, 10s and court cards (excluding the Blackjacks) in any one game. Odds are usually to do with the 1st 2 cards dealt, what the dealer has and high and low card probability, being drawn next and also remembering the deck is top heavy (more 10’s).

Splitting And Resplitting Pairs means you can split when you get two of the same e.g. two cards of the same rank. Now you are playing with 2 hands instead of one! Splitting Tens doesn’t make much sense (any card that is valued at 10 points) unless you are pursuing the Blackjack in the last few cards for example. You might want to split pairs when the dealer has a strong hand, to increase the chance of beating the dealer, getting 21 or Blackjack.

Once you play a few hands you will certainly pick up the game!

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