The Rules of Blackjack

In Blackjack, the player typically faces the dealer alone and the game is played heads up between them. The object of each player in Blackjack is to succeed in getting as close as possible to the value of 21 with a hand of only two cards that are dealt in advance. In Blackjack, the value of the two cards received by each player is totaled, and the one closest to 21 wins. While you can play Blackjack alone against the dealer in online casinos as well as multiplayer online blackjack, Blackjack traditionally features up to seven participants in land-based casinos.

How to Play Blackjack

The dealer begins by burning the first five decks of cards and keeps only one, the sixth. It is from this same deck that the dealer distributes two cards to each player. The dealer also deals himself one card face up. At this point the dealer is authorized to distribute a second card to himself, it can be face down depending on the variant of blackjack being played at the time.

Players then place their initial wagers. The surface of the table has seven marked areas or boxes that refer to the values of bets. Players can in their turn place their chips wherever they like. However, they have to comply with the limits established on the table displayed at the beginning of the game. They have to wager the minimum amount allowed in order to stay in the game.

The cards are then compared, and the player who possesses a combination of cards closest to the value of 21 wins. It should be noted that the player has the option of requesting an additional card from the dealer during the verification. The player can obtain as many cards he wishes to reach the value of 21. Once you are satisfied with the draw you just need to stand.

Blackjack Player Actions Explained

Draw a card (Hit): The player has the option of requesting an additional card during the verification of his hand. This procedure can be interesting since it allows the player to get even closer to the value of 21 – provided, of course, that the draw is in his favor. Indeed, if he exceeds 21, the player loses the game immediately and the amount of his original bet.

Stay (Stand): The player, once he is satisfied with his hand can stay where he is. He no longer needs to be dealt any cards and asks to "stand".

Double the bet (Double): The player naturally has the opportunity to double the amount of his initial bet. However, he must have received his first two cards before being able to double his bets.

The Value of the Cards in Blackjack

The value of each card is easy to keep track of in Blackjack. The maximum single face value of a card is 10 and the minimum single face value is 2 with each card except the Ace being taken at face value.

The Ace has a value that varies: it is the player who decides its value depending on the draw he gets. Thus, the Ace can count as either a 1 or 11. The Ace therefore serves as a variable minimum or maximum value and can help to reach 21 with trickier hands. The cards with a symbol other than a number, such as the Jack, Queen and King, all have the value of 10.

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