Blackjack is a popular American
casino game, now found throughout the world. It is a banking
game in which the aim of the player is to achieve a hand whose
points total nearer to 21 than the banker's hand, but without
HOW TO PLAY The object of the game is simply to beat the dealer by drawing cards totalling up to and including 21. Picture cards (jack,queen,king) count as 10, an ace as 11 or 1, all other cards count at their face value.
Blackjack is a 10 or any picture card, plus an ace. If you are dealt blackjack, you win and are paid 3 to 2. If your cards total is closer to 21 than the dealers's, you win and are paid even money. The dealer must stand on a total of 17 or more and must draw another card on 16 or less. If you and the dealer has the same amount, it's a draw and nobody
Insurance When the Dealers's first card is an Ace, you can insure your bet against the dealer getting blackjack by placing half the amount of your bet in the "insurance" space. Then, if the dealer gets blackjack, you lose your initial bet but get paid 2 to 1 on your insurance bet. If the dealer fails to get blackjack, you lose your Insurance bet. If both you and the dealer have blackjack this is a "Stand-Off". You keep your initial bet and still get paid 2 to 1 on your insurance.
Doubling You may double your initial bet if your first two cards total 9, 10 or 11. However, you may then only draw one more card.
Splitting If your first 2 cards are a pair, you may split them and place an amount equal to your initial bet on the other hand and complete play on that hand before continuing to the next. If you split Aces, you may draw only one more card for each. Should you receive a Ten or a picture card on either or both Aces, this counts as 21 and paid at even.
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In the game of Blackjack, there is one dealer and usually between 1 and 4 players. Before the dealer starts dealing, players are to place bets. Generally speaking, bets usually go from a $1 minimum to a $500 maximum
blackjack, and the online casino you choose will clearly display what its minimum bets and maximum bets are.
Players can place bets by using any of the chip denominations available. When all players have placed their bets and chosen the ‘Deal' option, the game begins. It is not possible to change bets after the game has begun. However, players can increase their bets by choosing options such as double down, splits, or insurance.
Each player will receive 2 cards: one face up and one face down. The aim of the game is to reach the number 21, or to be closer to 21 than the dealer, who is also a player. Players can opt to receive as many cards as they desire (commonly called "hit"), or they can choose to "stand", or receive no more cards.
Blackjack itself is reached in the event of a player being dealt a 10 or a face card with an ace. Consequently to a
Blackjack, the player gets paid 1.5 times his original bet. However, it is also possible for the dealer to have
Blackjack. In that case, a tie situation occurs between the player and the dealer, the dealer then becomes a "push," and the player gets his bet back. Another important rule to bear in mind is that dealers are required to hit when they have 16 or less, and will stop when they have 17 or more. If the dealer decides to push, all players around the table are paid.
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Double down - you may double your bet during a game of
Blackjack, but only after you've been dealt two cards. If you choose to double down, one more card will be dealt to you. However, one cannot hit again after deciding to double down.
Split - splitting offers the option of breaking one hand of cards into two hands. It therefore gives you the chance to win (or lose) twice in the same game. Aces exempt, if you are dealt any pair of cards, you can choose to split the cards into two hands. This will place a second bet equal in amount to the first, and also allow you to play both hands on an individual basis. Once you have split your hand into two hands, you may take as many hits on each hand as you want. If a pair of aces is dealt to you, you are subsequently not ineligible anymore for
Blackjack, and can only therefore get a "normal" 21. If the dealer has
Blackjack, he wins, but if he reaches 21, it's a push.
Insurance - if the deal shows an ace, you can opt to "insure yourself", in the case that the dealer has a 10 or a face card concealed. If indeed the dealer's card is a 10 or a face card, you get your insurance bet back, and get paid at 2-1 odds. However, if the dealer has a card that's not a 10 or a face card, you lose your insurance bet.