Blackjack: A Guide

Blackjack: A GuideBlackjack is known as one of the most played casino games in the world today. The game is definitely not a game of luck and involves much knowledge and cultivated skill. Playing blackjack in a casino environment takes a lot of concentration and gambling savvy. Read on to find out how you can become a successful blackjack player.

Before you begin playing blackjack, you need to know at least some basics about the game. This article should enable you to become a capable blackjack player in no time; whether you choose to play the game in physical casinos or those present on the internet, we guarantee that you will be on your way to a winning streak. To play casino games such as blackjack on the internet we propose that you do some reading on the casinos that currently boast the best blackjack games.

The first thing you need to know about blackjack is that the object of the game is to achieve a sum of 21, and not a digit over. You will be playing against a dealer, and if you happen to be playing the online variant you will be the only player seated at the virtual table. With land based blackjack, you can expect to be joined by other players who will too be playing against the dealer. No matter how many other players are present at your table, you will be competing against the dealer and absolutely no one else.

Since you will be playing heads-up (one-on-one) against the dealer, all you need to consider is your cards in relation to the dealer’s. A card will be dealt face up to each. Then another card is dealt to the dealer – this time it will be facing down. The third round will have a second card dealt to the player, which will be facing up again. After you have received your first 2 cards you will have a choice of whether to receive more cards. You can either hit or stand after the first two cards have been dealt to you. Should you ‘hit’, you will be given an extra card. However, if you total exceeds 21 you are ‘bust’ and the dealer takes whatever bet you have made. Your bet must be posted before any cards are dealt. In general, the idea of blackjack is to ‘hit’ when your total is low and to ‘stand’ when your total is very close to 21. This is where it is difficult to gage what to do. Players with initial totals of 11, 12, 13, 14 etc. often take great risks when they decide to hit for extra cards.

Card Values. Before you try a few hands at blackjack you will need to learn the exact card values so you know where you are at any given moment. Should you choose to play casino games on the internet, the totaling number will be displayed somewhere on the screen in order to make things simpler for you. This does not mean that you do not need to learn the card values!

All picture cards will have a value of 10. Depending on the situation, an Ace will count as either 11 or 1. It is sometimes considered a better move to choose the lesser number of 1 rather than 11. All other cards will have their corresponding numerical values – a 2 is a 2, a 5 is a 5, and a 10 is a 10. A 10 therefore has the same value as any picture card. In blackjack suites make no difference.

Dealer Rules. The dealer has specific restraints that he must abide by. If the dealer’s hand totals to 16 or less, he must take another card. On the other hand, if the dealer has 17 or more, he must stand or, in other words, not take further cards.

What is a Blackjack? Blackjack is any combination of a face card or a ten card with any ace. In this instance the sum is 21, which automatically makes you one and a half times the initial bet you made. If you and the dealer both produce a blackjack this is called a stand-off, which means that both you and the dealer will keep your bets and new cards will be dealt.

There you go! Now you’re ready to try your hand at some exciting blackjack games. It is also a good idea to check out some blackjack strategies before you want to take on a casino for some serious money.