Blackjack or 21 as it is also known is a simple and fun with rules that can easily be understood. This is a card game which we can safely say can be found in a land-based casinos and online casinos. The basic tenet of the game is to sum up your hand and hope it is greater than the dealer’s hand without going over 21 or busting. A common strategy is to “hit” of ask for another card when the total is 16 or below. But there really is more to this card game than aiming for 21.

Card Values and Rules
New players should first learn the values of the cards for the purposes of playing blackjack or aiming for 21 or close without going over. Face cards are valued at 10, numbered cards except the ace are valued as they are and the ace can be a 1 or an 11 depending on the player’s need.

Blackjack can be played with one of more 52 card decks. The winning combination is 21 or blackjack. The game pays 3-2 meaning if the bet is $5 on a 2-card 21, the winnings will be $7.50 unless you are tied with the dealer in which case you only get $5. If the dealer draws a 21 but with three cards, the player’s two-card blackjack still prevails. A table of blackjack can accommodate seven players. There would be a placard indicating the minimum and maximum bets as well as the common rules.

After bets are placed the dealer distributes two cards each for the players and for himself. Player cards are dealt face up or face down depending on the game being played. One of dealer’s cards are face up while the other is face down. The players now decide how to play out their hands and after every player have done so the dealer plays based on a set of rules. The dealer must draw more cards if the total is 16 or lower and if the cards amount to 17, he must stand.

How to Play Your Hand
Players have the option to “hit” or ask for another card if the value of the two cards are far from 21. If he exceeds 21 though, he busts and loses his bet altogether. In casino blackjack, the player has to indicate their hit with a movement as verbal hits are not allowed. This is done for the security cameras that film the game in case there are disputes.

Players can opt to “stand” or no longer ask for cards in hopes that the hand is good enough to beat the dealer’s hand. A “double down” is when the player decides to double their original bet but receive only one more card. Players can “split” their cards into two hands laying down a second bet and playing two separate hands. This is done if the player is dealt cards with the same rank such as two 8s. A player may take an insurance bet if the dealer’s face up card is an ace. This is a bet to protect the original bet should the dealer’s second card be a 10 to complete a blackjack. The effect of the insurance is to break even when you lose the hand.