Blackjack Guide

Blackjack, also known as 21 is a card game where strategy can be used throughout the game and since it is not seen as a game of chance, its popularity has grown vastly. We provide you a complete guide on how to play blackjack if you are a rookie and a strategy guide if you already know what the game’s about.

Initially, Blackjack was termed when a player came up with a special combination of cards (Jack of Spades + the Ace of Spades). Nowadays, a combination of any card that is valued 10 and the Ace is treated as a winning blackjack hand.

Many players know only a few variations of blackjack that are mostly players within the casino walls but since BJ is a hit number online, many casinos have a wide ranging variety of Blackjack games, keeping the primary rule of 21 the same, but changing a few rules about enough to make the game even more interesting than before.

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Blackjack: History

The origin of Blackjack history is one of the most debatable points in the history of all gambling games. Some say the game traces its roots to back to the French game “vingt-et-un” (21), which was popular in French casinos in the 17th century. Others believe the history of blackjack started from Italy, as an Italian game “Thirty one” appeared a lot earlier, in the 13th century.

After being banned from France, Blackjack was introduced in United States. In 1931 Las Vegas became a true paradise for blackjack fans. The matter is that several casinos were opened legally in this city of high life.  Blackjack then opened to the world and is now the highlight of every land-based casino. All things considered, there are no hard facts and no one can say for sure what the origin of blackjack is. But one thing we can all agree in is the very undeniable fact that Blackjack has evolved to become one of the most popular card games in a casino.

In the last decade of the 20th century online casinos introduced online version of blackjack. It enjoys a rather wide popularity among the gamblers all over the world, as it gives a cool chance to play without leaving your apartment.

Game setting and Card values

The ‘Shoe’ is a device that sits on the dealer’s left hand side that the dealer draws the cards from. This device usually holds 6 to 8 decks of cards.

Not all cards are of face value in blackjack. The cards 10, J, Q and K are given a value of 10. Aces can be valued at one or eleven (11) depending on which value advantages the player. All the numbered cards, 2 to 9 retain their face value.

Regardless of how many hands you are playing, the square or circle area towards the bottom of the table carpet is where you place your ante bet and all the navigational buttons are placed on the bottom of the gameplay screen.

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Blackjack – Ace and Jack or Ace with any other card with value of 10; results in an instant win for the player

Blackjack Rules: How to Play

Blackjack can be intimidating for the beginner, but it’s a pretty simple game, so most beginners should pick blackjack up quickly.  Blackjack is played against the house. After placing your ante bet (initial bet) and deal, you get 2 cards and the dealer gets 2 cards. The object of the game is to take cards as close as possible to, but not exceeding a value of 21 and beat the dealer’s total. If, however your hand goes over 21, you are considered to have busted and will forfeit your bet immediately, regardless of the dealer’s hand.

After receiving your first two cards, a player has a number of options to consider; initially to either HIT or STAND; these are the two most basic choices in blackjack. To HIT is to request another card from the dealer. If your third card gives you a total of more than 21, you are immediately bust and out of the round. If not, you may continue hitting until you are satisfied with your hand. To STAND is to be satisfied with your current hand convinced that taking any more cards will be more of a risk than a potential reward.

The dealer also busts if he has a card total that exceeds 21, in which case you win the round. In most blackjack variations, the dealer must always stand on a card total of 17 or above, otherwise HIT. So, if the dealer has the total of 16, he must hit (rule is subject to change in some blackjack variations).

DOUBLING DOWN is allowed straight after the first two cards are dealt. The player automatically places an additional bet equal to the original wager doubling their total bet. The player received one more card and stands automatically. In most variations, doubling down is allowed if the initial two card totals are 9, 10 or 11 (some variations allow doubling down in any total).

If your first two cards hold the same value, you can SPLIT them into two separate playing hands in which case you will place one more bet of the original amount and will be dealt two more cards to complete the recently separated hands.

Most blackjack variations give players the option to SURRENDER when the dealer’s Up-card (the card you can see) is either an Ace or a Ten value. A player who surrenders forfeits half his bet to the house and a new round will commence. When the dealer’s Up-card is an Ace, a player can place an INSURANCE bet against the chance that the dealer has Blackjack. An insurance bet gets paid 2:1. If the dealer and the player have the same card value, it is known as a PUSH and no money changes hand.

Payouts

Payouts in Blackjack are pretty straightforward. Should your beat the dealer with a higher combination than his, you will receive a 1:1 payout therefore profiting with the exact amount you wagered. Should you have a Blackjack (an Ace and a 10 card value) you will receive 3:2 payout.

Blackjack Glossary

Ante bet: The chip placed on the table as an initial bet before a new round starts.

Blackjack: A two card combination of an Ace and a Ten, Jack, Queen or King. A blackjack is an automatic win.

Bust: A forfeit situation in which either the player or dealer has a hand total over 21.

Bust Card: The individual card that brings the hand’s total over 21.

Chips: The tokens that are used for making wagers.

Dealer: The representative of the house who deals the card and with whom you play against.

Double Down: Doubling the original bet and receiving only one additional card.

Face Cards: Any ten-valued card (Jack, Queen or King)

Face Value: The original value of the card

Hit: To request the dealer for an additional card.

Insurance: If a dealer shows an Ace up, the player can place an Insurance bet if he        feels that the dealer may have a blackjack and will get paid 2:1 of any winning bet.

Natural: Another term for blackjack.

Pair: The initial two cards with the same value.

Push: If the player’s and dealer’s card total are the same.

Shoe: The device through which the cards are shuffled and dealt.

Split: To separate a pair of cards creating two distinct hands.

Stand: Receive no more cards from the dealer.

Surrender: A rule that allows you to forfeit half your bet by submitting your hand.

Up Card: The dealer’s card that the player can see because it is faced up.

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