In the world, blackjack is one of the most popular games played in casinos. But in the United States, it takes second after slot machines. Either way, it is one of the cheapest and most entertaining gambling experiences you can have. Blackjack is played between the dealer and the player. The advantage of player technique and the popularity of card counting make the game exciting.
Whether you want to play online or offline, this article is going to provide you a simple but detailed guide to blackjack. If you are an experienced player or someone who has never played before but want to learn and advance in every aspect of the game, read on!
The Brief History of Blackjack
The early version of blackjack was found in Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes in the early 1600s. In the book, the game played was ventiuna which is recognized and “21” in Spanish. The “21” is what we call blackjack today.
The story of the transformation is quite interesting. In those days, when a player got an ace of spades together with any spades or blackjack clubs, casinos offered a bonus payout of 10 to 1. In the early version, 8s, 9s, and 10s were removed, and the game was played with a special deck.
Description of the Blackjack Game
The new-age version of blackjack is different. It uses a regular deck of card with each having a point value which is equal to the rank of the card. That is:
* Face cards such as king, queen, and jack are all worth 10 points each
* Cards with 5 written on them are worth five points
* Cards with 2 written on them are all worth two points
* Any Ace is worth 1 or 11 points depending on the one favorable to the player
Generally, seven betting spots are set up on a blackjack table in a casino. A dealer represents the house and stands behind the table to share the cards. The aim is to pick a score that less or equal 21. But preferably a score of 21 on the first two cards would be perfect. When you start with an initial two-card hand, you can stand on your current total or take an additional card. But you know what?
* If your total is more than 21 you lose automatically
* If your score is equal to 21 or less, but it is more than the dealer’s total, you win.
* If you bust or the total of the dealer is higher, you will lose your money
Since the players would compare their hands with the hand of the dealer, a player can win with a score of 18 while another win with a score of 20. Let’s take a look at some of the examples of the way the cards are read.
* When you have a two of spade and an eight of hearts, then you have two plus eight which means your score is 10.
* If you have a jack of diamonds and a queen of spades, then your score is 20
* If you have a six of hearts and an Ace, then your score would be either seven or 17 depending on which is more favorable to you.
If the Ace is counted as 11, you have a soft hand, but if the Ace is counted as one, then you have a hard hand.
How to Play Blackjack
For you to have the best experience playing blackjack you need to know the objective of the game and the basic rules. Also, the rules of the dealer, the options of the dealer, and some other system of rules are necessary to keep you out of trouble. The rules are simple, and I am going to discuss them with you as we go further.
Register with a casino. After that, you can sign in and select the variety of blackjack you want to play. Some casinos offer free to play after which you would fund your casino account for real money play. Know your betting limits and once you place your bet the cards would be dealt. You would be given two, and the dealer will have two.
The first car of the dealer is face up and the second card is face down. The second card is called hole card. Based on the dealer’s option or your hand, you would make the next move. Either you:
- Hit – if you have a moderately good or low first hand you can go for this option. You would be dealt another card.
- Stand – if you have a strong first hand like cards having a value of 10, this option is good. You would not be dealt another card
- Double down – you choose to increase your original wager by a maximum of 100 percent. In this move, you must accept that you would stand after you are given one more card. Not all blackjack variations have this option.
- Split – if your first two cards are identical, you can go for this option. You have the chance to split the two base hands into two separate individual hands. You would be given an extra card to complete the split hands. Each hand can be played separately and you can either lose or win. A split hand with a score of 21 is not a blackjack hand but counted as just 21.
- Surrender – with this option you would end up losing half of your money.
- Insurance – If you see that the first card of the dealer is an Ace you can go for this option. It allows you to go for an additional bet.
After making your move, the dealer is next to make a move. The dealer can take another card to strengthen his hand. The hand that has the higher value or closest to 21 wins the game.
With the few tips and guide discussed above, I hope you can now boldly register online or walk up to a local casino and play blackjack. If you are playing on a land-based casino, you can approach a dealer who would be ready to put you through by showing you the different hand signals to follow plus some other basic things you need to know. Happy gambling!