Blackjack is a very popular card game that is relatively easy to play. While it is considered a game of chance (luck) you can apply strategy to increase your chances of winning. Some professional gamblers are able to take it one step further by using techniques such a card counting to be able to gain an edge while playing.
How to play Blackjack?
The objective in blackjack is to beat the dealer by accumulating up to 21 points. A player ‘busts’ (loses their hand) if they go over 21 points.
Each card in the deck has a points value. Cards 2-10 take their ‘face value’. A Jack, Queen or King is worth 10 points and finally an Ace can be used as 1 or 11 points. The best hand you can make in blackjack which is an Ace and a card worth 10 points.
To play a game the following happens:
- Player(s) place how much they want to bet on the gameround in front of them.
- The dealer then gives all players two cards (faced up) and the dealer gives themselves a card (faced up too.)
- The dealer asks each player in turn (clockwise) whether they would like to take another (hit) or keep the points they have (stand). Players try to get as close to 21 in points values without going bust.
- Once all players have made their decision then the dealer takes a second card and continues to take cards until they reach a minimum of 16 points. If the dealer goes over 21 then any remaining players win
- If the players hand is higher than the dealers hand then the player wins (doubles their money)
- At the end of the round if the player wins (gets more points than the dealer or the dealer goes bust), the player gets double the money they bet on the gameround.
- If both player and dealer has the same amount of points it is considered as a ‘push’ and player gets their bet back to them
- If the player gets a blackjack then the player wins 3 to 2. So if yoy bet £/€1 you would get £/€1.50 profit
- If both players get a blackjack it is considered as a ‘push’ and player gets their bet back to them
- If the dealer wins then the player loses their bet
Other gameplay options:
After receiving your first two cards, a player can ‘double down’ meaning that have to bet the same amount again and they only receive one more card.
If a player receives two cards of the same value as their original cards then they can ‘split’ which means that they now open two separate hands up. The player would have to bet the same amount on the second hand too.
If the dealer’s card showing is an Ace then the dealer will state ‘Insurance is available’. The player then has to option to bet an additional half of their original stake as insurance (if the dealer gets a blackjack). if the dealer gets a blackjack then insurance is paid 2 to 1 but the original bet is lost, therefore the player would ‘break even’ for the hand.
If the player gets a blackjack and the dealer’s faced up card is an ace, the dealer will offer to pay the player even money for their blackjack (instead of the 3 to 2 ratio).
Some online casinos will allow players the surrender option which means that they can give up their hand and get half their money back after receiving their two cards.