How to play Blackjack

A hand, or round, of blackjack begins with each person placing a bet in front of them. The dealer deals 2 cards to each player and 2 cards to himself/herself. One dealer card is dealt face up and the other card is dealt in the “hole”, or face down. Cards 2 through 10 are worth face value. All face cards are 10 points and Aces are semi-wild and can be worth either 1 or 11 points. The highest hand in blackjack is an ace and any 10-point card. This is called a Blackjack. If the dealer has a ten or an ace showing, he may have a blackjack. If the dealer has a blackjack, all players will lose their hands except for the players with a blackjack. The player wins if he has a higher hand than the dealer, without going over 21.

how to play blackjack

An insurance bet will be offered to each player if the dealer has an ace as the up card. An insurance bet is considered a casino sucker bet and should be avoided at all costs. It will result in more losses than wins. After the dealer confirms if he has blackjack or not, then play will continue allowing each player to continue with their hand.

After each player has played their hands, the dealer will play his hand. The dealer now must play by the house rules. Most casinos play by the same rules. The dealer until he reaches a score equal to or greater than 17. If the dealer busts, all remaining players that have not busted automatically win.

Basic Blackjack Rules and Terms

Stand: If the player is satisfied with his hand he may wave his hand to signify he wants to stand. You are waving the dealer away, signifying to him that you are satisfied and he will move onto the next player.

Hit: If the player is not satisfied with his hand he may hit, or take another card. He can continue to hit until he is satisfied or busts. Tap your finger against the card table to signify you want another card.

Double Down: This bet is only offered on the first two cards. It signifies that the player only wants one more card to complete his hand, and he is only dealt one more card no matter if the outcome is good or bad. If you wish to double, place a bet of equal value next to your original bet.

Split: If a player wishes to split his cards, the two original cards must be of equal value. Splitting after your original split is also allowed. To signify you wish to split, place another bet next to the original bet. This bet does not have to be of equal value to your original bet.

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