Blackjack is a simple game once you have played it a lot.
Many Blackjack players prefer to study all of the rules before they sit down, and this isn´t a bad idea…
Generally, each player competes against the dealer, not against the other players. You have to beat the dealer by drawing cards until your hand comes close to 21, and no more.
The blackjack game has a dealer and from one to seven players.
You have a “blackjack” or a “natural” if your first two card total 21. If the house gets closer to 21 than you without going over, then they win.
Online blackjack rules are the same as in a land-based Blackjack table, depending on the variables that the Casino chooses for the game.
The values of the cards are:
- 10, J, Q, K = 10
- Ace = 1 or 11
- other cards = face value
Each player receives two cards in sequence, one at a time, face up or face down, depending on the Casino rules. The dealer dealt himself a face up and a face down card.
The rules for the dealer are:
- If his hand is 16 or less, he must take a card.
- If his hand is 17 or more, he must stand.
The dealer can’t change his decisions.
The players could take certain actions on their hands, if it has not been determined that the dealer has a blackjack.
The player can ask the dealer a hit, if he wants another card. In face up games, players aren’t allowed to touch the cards, so the way to ask another card is scratching the surface of the table. In face down games, the players would use his cards to scratch the table.
The player may take as many hits as he wants as long as he doesn't exceed a total of 21.
The player inform the dealer that he wishes to stand if he doesn’t want anymore cards. In face up games the way to inform it, is waving his hand with palm down, in a lateral motion. In face down games, you stand by tucking your first two cards under your bet.
A “double” of your bet could be made after looking at your first two cards. Once this is done the player receives one more card.
When a player surrenders his hand, he gives up half his bet without playing his hand out. On early surrender, the player gives up half his bet regardless of whether the dealer has a blackjack or not. On late surrender if the dealer has a blackjack the player loses his entire bet.
The player has busted if his hand ever exceeds a total of 21. Then he loses the hand regardless of the dealer's total. When a player busts, his cards and his bet are immediately collected by the dealer.
When the dealer's upcard is an Ace, the players can make an insurance bet equal to half of the amount of their initial bet. If the dealer has a blackjack, the players will be paid at 2 to 1. If the house doesn’t have a blackjack, the player loose the insura