Blackjack is probably the most popular casino game both online and
in real casinos and once you get the hang of it we are sure you
will see why.
the player (you) plays against the dealer (the house), independently
of other players. Your goal is to draw cards (called "hit") until
your hand adds up to 21, or comes as close as possible to 21 without
going over. If your first two cards total 21, you have Blackjack.
Once the player (you) has bet, both the player and the dealer are
dealt two cards each. The player's cards are both dealt face up.
The dealer's first card is dealt face down. The Ace can be used
as a 1 or 11 points.
Any card combined with an Ace, other than a card
that has a value of 10 (which would be blackjack), is considered
a "soft hand". Meaning that if the player has a 3 and an Ace, it
would be considered 4 or soft 14. The King, Queen, Jack and Ten
have a value of 10 points each; all other cards are worth their
If your first two cards total 21, then you have
Blackjack. Blackjack is the highest value hand and can only win
If you are dealt any two cards other than a Blackjack,
you may "stand" (no further cards are dealt to you), or "hit" (another
card is dealt to you). Cards are dealt until the player stands or
"busts" (exceeds 21). If you bust, you lose your bet regardless
of the dealer's hand result.
After the player has finished, the dealer reveals
the down card. If the dealer's hand is 16 or less, the dealer must
continue to "hit" until reaching 17 or more. The dealer must stand
on soft 17 and cannot take additional cards. If the dealer exceeds
21 ("bust"), and the player has stood without busting, the player
When the dealer stands on 17 or greater and has
a higher count than the player - the dealer wins; if the player
has the higher count - the player wins. If the player and the dealer
have the same totals, it's a "push" (tie) and your stakes are returned
When a player is dealt two cards with equal values, they have the
option of "splitting" them into two separate hands. In order to
"split", the initial bet has to be matched. Each hand is then played
separately. If the player splits two Aces, only one more card is
dealt to each hand. A hand can only be split once.
A player may double on their first two cards other than a Blackjack.
When a player doubles, only one more card is dealt and the original
bet has to be matched (you double your bet). Essentially, the player
bets the hand can be won with one more card. You can also "double
down" after "splitting" a pair.
When the dealer's up card is an ace, the player is offered "insurance".
Taking insurance means the player makes a second bet (of half the
original bet) that the dealer's face down card is a ten card. If
this is the case, the player is paid 2 to 1 on the insurance bet
and the initial bet loses as it is beaten by the dealer's Blackjack.
If the dealer does not have a natural Blackjack, the insurance bet
is lost and the hand is played out as normal.
If the player (you) has a Blackjack and the dealer's up card
is an Ace, the player is offered 'even money'. Taking even money
means the player will be paid 1 to 1 on the Blackjack and not 3
to 2 as normal. Taking even money means the player believes the
dealer's face down card is a ten card. If the player chooses not
to take even money and the dealer reveals a Blackjack, both hands
tie. If no even money is taken and the dealer has no Blackjack,
the player is paid at 3 to 2.
*The Dealer has none of these options.
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