How to Play Blackjack

Story says that Blackjack is the one game possibe to beat. In the early 60‘s, a practical system for counting the cards in this game was made available for the public, and a few players learned the tricks, but since then the rules have changed. Let’s take a look at them!

Rules in Blackjack

One or more standard 52-card decks are used in Blackjack, each denomination having assigned a point value. The cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value. Kings, queens, and jacks are each worth 10, and aces may be used as either 1 or 11. The player’s objective is to draw cards having a total closer to 21, without surpassing this value, than the dealer’s cards.

A blackjack is a two-card 21 (also the best of all). Blackjack pays 3-2. That means a two-card 21 on a $4 bet will get $6. However, if the dealer also has a two-card 21 you will get your original bet back, meaning $4. In the case the dealer has a three or more cards blackjack, you will be the winner with a 3-2 payoff.

The game is usually played at an arc-shaped table with places for up to seven players. Players will stay on the outside, while the dealer will be on the inside. At one corner of the table you will find a rectangular placard that tells the minimum and maximum bets at that table, as well as giving variations in common rules. For example, the sign might say, “BLACKJACK. $10 to $1,000. Split any pair three times. Double on any two cards.” That means the minimum bet at this table is $10 and the maximum is $1,000.

You will learn more as you go. These are just the basics of Blackjack.

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