Blackjack is considered a really old game which can trace its beginnings back in France during the 1700s. Since then it has become a popular past time both in online and land-based casinos. As expected, a person that is not a blackjack player does not know the rules of the game but it is really simple to learn the game. Its goal is to get a card hand that is higher than what the dealer is holding but it must not be more than 21.
A player can only play against the dealer. The dealer then gives out a pair of cards to the players. One of the pairs of cards is called an up card, which means that it is given out in a face-up direction. There might be some differences in the rules in the different land-based casinos. The Kings, Queens and Jacks cards have a value of 10 points; the aces have a value of eleven or one, which also depend on which matches the player better.
When a player receives their first card and it turns out to be an ace and one of the cards that the player receives is valued at 10, he will win; this is called a Blackjack. The payoff of the winnings is at a 3-2 ration. But if the dealer has also achieved a Blackjack, then there is a standoff. But if the dealer is the only one who has achieved Blackjack, he will win the entire wager placed by the other players in the game. When the player is given his pair of cards and he has not been able to hit a blackjack and the next thing that he has to do is if he will draw another card to make the points in his position much higher.
But if a player has a total of over 21 points he will lose as he will “bust”. But if his total is 19 or 20, then he can decide on whether he will want to “stay” because there is a very good probability that he will “bust” if he decides to pick another card. The dealer cannot choose the option to stay if his total points total is at 15 or less. If he has more than 16 in total points, he cannot “hit”. But the rule may differ from each casino.
Splitting pairs happen when the first cards that were given to the player are a pair; the player may then decide on whether he will split it into two different hands and play them separately, wagering the same amount of money on each hand. But if one or both hands consists of an ace and card which has a value of 10 points, this will not be recognized as a blackjack but it will be counted as twenty-one points. In a double down, the blackjack player can double his wager and only get one additional card. Insurance is when the dealer’s first drawn card turns out to be an ace, then the player may get insurance.
Surrender is not accepted in all casinos as a rule. After the first pair of cards is given out, the player may choose to “surrender” and just lose half of the wager that he has put down.
This should get you started with your adventures in blackjack.