Basic Rules of Blackjack to Know What to Do at Blackjack Table

Probably, the rules of blackjack are the first thing every gambler learns when s/he plans to become a professional of this game; and it is right actually: to play blackjack means to know such basic concepts as:

  • The objective of blackjack game
  • The card values for understanding how to count the points you've got
  • The options both a gambler and a dealer can make during a game to increase chances for winning
  • Payouts to plan your bets

Objective

The main objective of blackjack game is to beat a dealer without exceeding 21 points. Some gamblers misunderstand their goal and think they should definitely get 21 points but it is not actually so: it does not matter how many points you have at blackjack - 21 or just 10; if your number of points is bigger than a dealer's one, you'll be a winner!

Blackjack is a combination of 2 cards which brings you 21 points at once; such a combination includes an Ace and a Face card, and it brings more money to a gambler if s/he gets Blackjack at once 2 cards were dealt to him/her.

Card Values

It is very easy to count cards at blackjack:

Cards

Values

2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 6's, 7's, 8's, 9's and 10's

According to their numbers; suits are not important here

Jacks, Queens and Kings

10 points

Aces

1 or 11 points depending on how many points will be better for you at the moment

Options

Both a player and a dealer have a right to choose the following options during the game in order to improve the final result. In the beginning of the game 2 cards are dealt to all participants: both a player's cards are faced up, and one card of a dealer is faced down. Depending on the number of points a player gets out of his/her 2 cards, s/he can do the following:

  • Hit - ask for one more card to improve the result.
  • Stand - refuse from taking the 3rd card if your total score is good enough for winning.
  • Double - double a bet with taking ONLY ONE MORE CARD. These 3 cards will be the final result.
  • Surrender - give up, if you see that you will not win with the cards you have.
  • Split - if you have a hand of equal cards (two 9's or two 7's for example) you can split them and play with two separate hands of cards. But you should make the equal bets for both hands.
  • Bust - it happens when you exceed 21 points and means the automatic loss.

Moreover, some extra blackjack secrets will help you to increase your chances for beating this game.

Payouts

1. All winning blackjack hands are paid as 1:1.

2. If you have Blackjack (21 points out of your initial hand of two cards), it will be paid as 3:2.

But remember, that payouts may often change depending on the blackjack variation you gamble; so, be sure to know all payouts before visiting a casino and playing blackjack games there.

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