blackjack gameBlackjack is one of the most popular and exciting casino table games offered at land-based and online casinos. Players from across the globe can enjoy fantastic action with the best chances to win. The rules of blackjack are extremely easy to learn and offers excellent odds with a house edge of only 0.5% when basic strategies are employed. In this guide, I will provide the objective of blackjack, provide the different card values you will find in blackjack, explain the betting rules, the basic rules for dealers, and the different playing options in a game of blackjack.

Objective and Card Values

Most players are under the impression that the objective of blackjack is to obtain a hand valued of 21. However, the true objective is to simply beat the dealer. This can be achieved by either having a total that exceeds the dealer’s hand or by getting as close to 21 as possible when the dealer goes over 21, known as a bust.

There are several types of hands that can be created when playing blackjack and all cards are used from a deck, ranging from King to Ace. All cards count their face value except for the Ace that can be worth 11 or 1. All picture cards count 10, and the four different suits have no meaning in blackjack.

  • Hard Hand – A hard hand is any hand not containing an ace, or if it contains an ace, it will count as 1.
  • Soft Hand – A soft hand is any hand containing an ace where the ace counts as 11.

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Betting and Dealer Rules

Blackjack is enjoyed at a semi-circular table, normally seating up to 7 players. There is a circle, or usually a square box, known as the betting spot located in front of every player where chips need to be placed to make a wager. The dealer is responsible for dealing cards, collecting losing bets, paying off winning bets, and keeping the game going at an acceptable pace.

The basic rules of blackjack also apply to the dealer. The dealer can pay out winning bets, but will not be able to take insurance. A dealer also can’t double down, surrender, or split their hand. They are also limited on how they stand or hit. A Dealer will always stand on 17 and hit on 16 in most casinos.

Blackjack Playing Options

Once players placed their bets, the dealer will deal two cards to every player and another two cards to himself, one face down and one face up. Based on the value of your cards, you will have several types of playing options and betting choices to choose from, including:

  • Stand: Once your initial two cards are dealt, and you are happy with your hand value, you can decide to stand. This will ensure no additional cards are dealt.
  • Hit: Once your initial two cards are dealt, and you are not happy with your hand value, you can decide to hit. This will inform the dealer that you require an additional card to be added to your hand value.
  • Split: A split can occur when you are dealt a pair or two of the same cards. When you decide to split your cards, the dealer will draw two additional cards, one for each new hand, and your bet will be doubled to cover the additional hand. This will give you two hands to beat the dealer.
  • Double Down: This option allows you to double your bet, once your initial card has been dealt, to receive one more additional card. You will not be able to make any further bets and should you win; you will receive double your original wager.
  • Surrender: This option will allow you only to risk half of your bet, making it a great option if you think your hand will not beat the dealer’s hand. You will lose half your original bet, and the remaining funds will be returned to you.
  • Insurance: Should the dealer have a face-up Ace, players can take insurance as a side bet in case the dealer has blackjack, or 21. Should the dealer have blackjack, you will be paid 2 to 1 on your insurance bet.