Blackjack is one of the simplest casino games. While you can win a lot of money playing the game, the rules are very basic:
- players do not play against each other at the table, the dealer is the only opponent;
- your hand total should be greater than the hand of the dealer without going over 21;
- if your hand goes over 21 – you bust (lose the game);
- if you have an Ace and a face card – you have a Blackjack;
- you automatically win with a Blackjack unless the dealer also has Blackjack;
- if the dealer has a Blackjack, you lose, unless you also have the same hand.
The first thing to do is consider the cards that you are holding and the card that is shown by the dealer. While these decisions can be made based on a particular strategy, you are free to make any decisions you wish in regard to your hand.
There are a few decisions that you will need to make during play.
When the game begins, one card is dealt with a player face up and the dealer will receive a card face down.
This is referred to as the “hole” card. A second face-up card is dealt with the player and the dealer also receives a second card face-up card. On your turn, you will need to decide on drawing additional cards or playing the cards you have in your hand.
Once you make your decision, the dealer will draw cards to complete their hand. If you have higher than the dealer’ hand – you win. If the dealer busts – you win.
These are the basic rules. Players should know that the Ace in Blackjack can represent either 1 or 11, whichever will benefit the players' hand the most. All face cards will be worth 10 points and other cards retain their numerical face value.
When the dealer has 16 or less in the hand, he must take a card. The dealer must stand on anything 17 or higher. Knowing these rules will help you determine how to play your own hand, weighing the possibility of the dealer busting if they must take cards.
Remember, you are the one setting your gameplay rules. Managing money when playing Blackjack is important, including sticking to a budget. Always consider a specific amount of money, you are willing to lose. If you have depleted your bankroll call it a night.
These games can be fun, entertaining and addicting, so it is important to have limits and know when to call it quits. For more information on how to enjoy the games safely, please visit our Responsible Gaming page.
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