Headed to casino party and never played Blackjack before? Don’t worry here are some basics that will help you feel more comfortable as you get your feet wet!
Get closer to 21 than the dealer without going over. Each player is playing only against the dealer in this game, not each other.
There are 52 playing cards in a deck, divided into four suits. Cards numbered 2-10 carry that particular value. Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) are each worth 10. Aces can be worth either 1 or 11 and the value is decided by the player, with an 11 reverting to 1 if the 11 causes you to go over 21 or “bust”. Most professional casino entertainment companies use 4 decks at the blackjack tables, dealt from a shoe.
The blackjack table is semicircle in shape and typically has 7 player spots located along the curved portion of the table.
Play begins with each player placing their bet or wager in the circle in front of them on the table. The dealer then deals one card at a time around the table starting on his/her left and working their away around the table to their right, each card is dealt to players face-up. The dealer then deals his/her card face-down. A second card is then dealt to each player in the same fashion as the first.
The dealer takes his or her second card face-up. Each player will then have the opportunity to stand or hit. By standing you elect to stay with the total value of the cards you have been dealt. You may draw an additional card or cards, this is considered a hit. The first player to the left of the dealer will continue to draw additional cards until they decide to stand or bust. Then the next player in line does so until the last player position is reached.
The dealer is required to take a card until they reach 17, so on any hand 16 or under they must take an additional card. Once 17 is reached or surpassed they must stand.
If your hand beats the dealers, you win and are paid the same amount of chips that you placed in the betting circle at the start of play. If you were dealt Blackjack, 21 on the first two cards, then you receive twice the amount of your bet. If you have less than the dealers cards then you lose and sacrifice the chips you bet at the start of play. If you went over 21 then you busted and also lose your initial bet. If the dealer goes over 21 this is considered a bust and each player that didn’t go over 21 will automatically win.
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