Blackjack is one of the easiest games to play, and this is largely due to the simplicity in which the game operates on.
At its’ most basic, Blackjack involves players being dealt two cards, with the objective of players making these two cards equal as close to 21 as possible.
If your hand beats the dealers, you win, whereas if the dealer has a better hand – or if your hand totals over 21 – you lose, and the dealer (the casino) win.
So, let me show you the basics of how to begin playing:
How To Play Blackjack
Playing Blackjack is incredibly easy. First, you select the stake you wish to wager, and once this is chosen, you simply press the ‘Deal’ button. The game will then begin.
You’re then dealt two cards, and the dealer will also be dealt two cards. One of the dealer’s cards will be dealt face up.
Now, in Blackjack, the cards are worth their face value – this means cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value, with Jack, Queen and King worth 10 points. Ace is high and low, meaning it’s worth 1 or 11 points – you determine which.
Once your cards have been dealt, the ‘action’ as it’s called is then on you, and you have a choice of a few decisions to make:
If you find yourself with two low cards, or if the dealer displays a high first card, and you want to try and improve your hand, you can hit, which involves taking an extra card, with the hope of making your had total closer to 21, than before.
You can take as many cards as you want, but if you go over 21, your hand will ‘bust’, and you’ll lose instantly.
If you are dealt a good hand right off the bat, you’ll stand – this is where you don’t take any more cards, and pit your first two cards against the dealer’s hand.
If you’re dealt two cards of the same value (i.e. a pair of sevens), you can opt to ‘split’ them, which makes two separate hands.
You are then dealt two additional cards, one on each of the original cards, and then continue to play two cards as normal.
If you opt to split your hand, you must pay an additional wager, equal to your original stake.
If you’re dealt a 9, 10, or 11, you have the option to ‘double down’, which means you’ll double your initial wager, in exchange for one more card.
You may wonder why you’d ever consider doing this, when you only get one card, but 9, 10, and 11 all have fantastic chances of making 19, 20, and 21 respectively, all hands with a very strong chance of winning against the dealer.
Once you’ve finished your action, the dealer will then expose his or her second card, and then will draw their hand until their cards equal 17, or higher. They MUST keep taking cards until their hand reaches 17 or more, and at the end, the best hand wins!