Blackjack Gaming, What Is Blackjack
Blackjack is possibly the most popular casino game ever created, and today, players all around the world pit their luck against the casino, hoping to enjoy a winning session, and grow their bankroll!
While the game features a small skill-element, in general, Blackjack is incredibly easy to pick up, and the general ethos of the game is very simple, with the game requiring you to make your hand as close to 21 as possible, without going over – ‘what’s known as going bust’.
How To Play – The Basics
To begin with, you’ll start playing Blackjack by placing a wager. This is the amount you wish to bet.
Once you’ve placed your wager and begun the hand, you’ll be dealt two cards, with the dealer also dealt two cards. You will be able to see one of the dealer’s cards, while the other remains hidden until after you’ve completed your play.
Once you have your two cards, you then have a few options. First of all, you can opt to hold your hand, known as ‘sticking’. This is done when you have a good hand (generally 17 or more), and this means you’ll be pitting your hand straight against the dealers.
If you have a low hand, and want to try and improve it, you can opt to take another card – you can take as many cards as you want, but if you go over 21, your hand busts, and this means you instantly lose your wager, and dealer wins the hand.
If you have two cards of the same value, i.e. a pair of sixes, you can opt to split your hand. This requires you to place a separate wager – equal to the wager of your main hand – and each six is then split into a separate hand. You are then dealt a second card on each hand, with each hand acting independently.
If you have a 9, 10, or 11, you can ‘double’, which basically means you get one more card, by paying twice your initial wager. This is done in the hope that you’ll hit a 10, or ace, and make a 19, 20, or 21 – a very strong hand, and one that’s very likely to beat that of the dealers.
After you’re happy with your hands (and assuming you haven’t busted out), the dealer will then reveal his or her second card, and if their hand totals less than 17, they will continue drawing cards until their hand equals 17, 18, 19, 20, or 21.
Once they hit one of these values, if their hand beats yours, they win, and you lose your stake – if you hand beats theirs, you win, and you’re paid out at even money; 1:1.
Note: if your first two cards dealt are an ace, and a picture card (including tens), you will make Blackjack, and are paid out instantly at 3:2, providing the dealer doesn’t show an ace.