Blackjack is one of the most popular card games played in casinos. Known as 21, Blackjack is a card game where players compete against the dealer, the main goal being to have the total amount of cards in hand to reach a value of 21. There are many versions of Blackjack, but basically all work on the same principle, that is to reach the value of 21. The game starts with each player receiving two cards, after which players can form their hand through different decisions. Depending on the type of blackjack and imposed rules, players can claim cards, continue without asking for cards, split their hand and double the stake.
How to play
Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) are counted as ten points. A player and the dealer can count his or her own ace as 1 or 11 points. All other cards are counted as the numeric value shown on the card. If the first two cards you are dealt total twenty-one, you have a black jack. Black jack pays one and a half times your bet. You can not lose but you could tie if the dealer also has a black jack.
If you are dealt any combination other than black jack, you can either ,,stand” (take no more cards) or signal the dealer for a ,,Hit” (draw additional cards). Remember, the objective is to reach twenty-one or as close to twenty-one as possible without going over. You also want your hand to be closer to twenty-one than the dealers hand.
The rules differ according to the blackjack version, so it is recommended that you read the rules before playing. In addition to the rules specific to the blackjack version you have chosen to play, there are also basic rules that need to be known:
Split Hand i> - If a player has the first 2 cards of the same value, the player can divide them. To divide, an equal amount of the initial stake is placed on the table outside of the betting area. The dealer separates the two cards into two different hands, adding a card each. Split hands are completely independent and play separately!