How to Play Blackjack

How to Play Blackjack

Blackjack, also known as “21 bets”, is a game that’s been around since before land-based casinos. The game is so popular that it made a successful transition to online casinos and gaming sites. Additionally, many variations of the game have proven to be just as popular as the original one. Also, let’s not forget the live casino games that can be played at any time or place that’s convenient for you.

Playing Blackjack Online

Before we get into the rules, it’s important to know that the cards in blackjack, regardless of the game or its variation, will always have the same value. So, for instance, if you’re playing live blackjack online, all tens, jacks, queens, and kings are worth ten. This doesn’t change in any of the casino games, whether live or otherwise.

As you may have already realized, the aim of blackjack is to reach a total of 21 with your cards, hence the name “21 bets”. However, it’s possible for you to win with a lower amount if the dealer busts, or goes over 21. The main thing to remember is that when you place a bet, you stand, hit, double and split your way as close to this number as possible. Don’t worry, we’ll explain what these terms mean in the next few paragraphs.

The Player’s Turn

At the beginning of a game, you place a bet equal to or higher than the minimum table limit, but not going over the maximum. Thereafter, you’ll receive two cards face up, whereas only one of the dealer’s cards is only face up. Next, you’ll have a choice to hit, which is to take another card for free; stand, which is to stay as you are; double down, which is to double your bet and receive an extra card, or split, if you have a pair. With a pair, you can place an extra bet if you decide to split your cards into two separate hands.

The Dealer’s Turn

Once a player has made their move, it’s the dealer’s turn. Dealers play an important part in games, and it’s no different in blackjack. They have to hit on any total under 16 and continue until they have either 17 or higher. Once they’ve made their move, your total will be compared against the dealers to determine who has 21 or is the closest to it, and they are the winner. 

There are some exceptions to this. If the player goes over 21, they lose, whereas if the dealer does this then the player wins. Furthermore, if there’s a tie or a “push”, the player will receive the amount they placed on their bet at the beginning of that round.

Mastering the blackjack basics and practicing how to play will help you develop a strategy when it comes to this game. It’s also worth knowing how much you’re willing to bet on this game to effectively manage your bankroll. Keeping on top of this, in addition to knowing how to make the right moves at the right time, means you’ll enjoy playing blackjack for years to come.

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