How to play Blackjack

By | October 14, 2010

Blackjack is a game and it is also referred as 21 because getting your cards to total 21 is main objective in this game. Player main goal is to have a hand value that is to be closer to 21 than that of the dealer. Hand value should not cross 21.

In this game, you play against the dealer not against any one. There are some rules for dealer to play, so he should follow them.

If your game has 6 or 8 decks then all the players cards will be dealt face up, but the dealer’s first card will not. If your game has fewer decks, then it is usually dealt face down. There is no need to be scared to show the dealer or players if your cards are dealt face up or not in order to ask questions.

There is no affect of suits of cards on the game. From 2 to 10 cards are counted at face value and all face cards have value of 10 and an Ace card can be counted as one or eleven according to other cards which are in your hand. If you have 6 and 8 then your hand is worth 8+6=14, and if you have two jacks then the worth is 20 (10+10). If you have 6 and a Jack then its worth can be 7 or 17 and if you stop the game here then your hand worth will be 17, suppose if you draw another card which is 8 then 6+8+1=15, if you consider Ace as 11 then 6+8+11=25, then it will be highest number than the 21, then you will not win. Going over the 21 is called as busting. If you take Ace as 11 then it is referred as “soft” (6+ Ace=17) or if Ace is taken as value one then it is referred as “hard” (6+8+ Ace= 17).

The game’s dealing starts from the left of the dealer and it goes the table in a clock wise way. There are two passes which are made by dealer, first dealer gives the card for himself and passes one to each player and such cards should be face down on the table and second he takes card for himself and gives the cards for each player then at this time cards are to be faced up. Players should not touch their cards which are faced up and they can hold on hand cards which are faced down. Player can hold one card in hand other cards should be on table. Player will deal any consequential cards face up on the table and player should not pick them up.

The player is paid odds of 3 to 2. So, you will be paid by dealer $15, if you bet $10 and dealt a Kind and Ace.