Blackjack is one of the most popular games to play in a casino. This card game has simple rules which are quite easy to master. The chief aim of blackjack is to get as close to21 pointsas it may be. And what is more important - not to get over. In contrast to other card games when you have to play against other players, in blackjack the dealer is the only rival for you to face.
So what’s the deal?
Firstly you call a bet and only then you are receiving your cards. Two cards for you and the same number for a dealer. If the points of your cards get closer to 21 than the dealer’s cards then you are a winner. You also become a winnerif you hit 21 at once, or if the rival goes over. And on the contrary - if you go bust- sorry, the fight is lost.
As can be seen the blackjack rules are quite simple to understand. And additional knowledge makes them even easier.
- according to blackjack rules the suits of the cards don’t matter;
- the value of cards from 2 till 10 speaks for itself;
- the Ace ‘costs’ either 1 or 11 (which is more appropriate to situation);
- Jack, Queen, and King have the same value and it’s 10.
So if you are really determined to succeed in mastering blackjack card game, then you must learn the special terminology of this game. Read watchfully the list given below (in alphabetical order):
- Blackjack: you have a blackjack when you are getting a two-cardhand thatcosts 21at once.
- Bust: you go over 21 points - you bust and lose your wager. The same story with a dealer. If the rival in casino suit goes over first - you automatically become a winner (malicious smile detected).
- Double: you are receiving your two cards and you have an idea that a third card shall place you into a position of a dealer then you choose so called “doubled down”. It multipliesyour bet by 2 and provides you with additional card. Then you silently ‘calm down’ or just stand. The dealer finishes his hand and matches it with your cards.
- Insurance: this is the first thing which protects you from the potential dealer’s blackjack. If you see (for example)that the dealer’s show up card is Ace (which potentially can lead to a blackjack when the rival will show up his second card), then you just ‘buy’ insurance with paying a half of youroriginal bet. If the dealer gets a blackjack - you lose nothing (insurance compensates your bet). If the dealer doesn’t get a blackjack - your ½ security paying moves to a house.
- Hit: a card which you take additionally to your original ‘two-card’ hand.
- Push: this situation occurs when your points and the dealer’s ones are equal (this rule works with totals starting from 17). In this case the round has no winners. Everyone takes his wager back.
- Split: you take your first ‘two-card’hand (if it has two cards with the same value) and then just divide them into two hands and betting the ‘fresh’ one with equal value. Only three hands for one player are acceptable.
- Stand: you want no more cards. You puta smile of joy on your face already. Stand declaredat once if you double or hit 21.
- Surrender: you wanna act like this? You receive a half of your first bet and the other 50% directs to the house. This rule covers the ‘two-card’ hand only.
There are many variants of blackjack games with some peculiarities in rules they possess. In this article we tried to cover the basic blackjack rules which are universal for all kinds of this game.