Blackjack is one of the most popular table games for good reason – it is very simple to play, and very easy to master. Blackjack strategy is very easy to use and very easy to remember, so if you have never played Blackjack before then you should have no problem getting into it.
There are of course a lot of different variations of Blackjack, but the variations and difference are very small. Here are just a couple of the variations of Blackjack:
Double Exposure Blackjack: 8 decks, Blackjack pays 1:1 odds, both the dealers cards are face up, and the dealer hits on a strong 17.
European Blackjack Gold Series: 2 decks, Blackjack pays 3:2. Insurance pays 2:1, any other win is 1:1. The dealer stands on a soft 17.
High Streak European Blackjack 2 decks, Blackjack pays 3:2. Insurance is a 2:1 payout, all other wins are 1:1. The dealer stands on ALL 17s.
But let’s keep it simple. If you go to any casino, your Blackjack game is going to have the standard Blackjack Rules:
We’re also going to use an online casino to show how to play Blackjack. First of all here’s what a Blackjack table looks like at a regular casino:
That’s typical of a Blackjack table you’ll find at your local casino. Here’s what an online casino Blackjack table looks like:
As you can see they are very similar. This screenshot and all future screenshots are courtesy of Lucky Red Casino which also offers Face up 21, Pontoon and Blackjack Perfect Pairs. Try them out today – click here.
Okay, so how exactly do we play Blackjack? Well upon sitting at the table and prior to starting a new hand, you must place down your bet in the betting circle as indicated in the above screenshot.
Once all bets have been placed, the dealer will deal out your cards, any other players cards, and two cards to the dealer themselves. The dealer will place one of their cards face down, and turn one of their cards up as shown below:
We should note at this time that suits do not matter. Now if the dealer had an ace showing, you would have the option to take insurance. What this means is that you can insure your hand against the possibility of the dealer having blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack in his hand, which is a ten, jack, queen or king as well as an ace(which adds up to 21), the your bet pays off at two to one odds.
The next step in Blackjack is deciding what to do. You will have a minimum of three options. They are “hit” which means you want another card, “stand” which means you are happy with your hand and want no more cards, and “double down” which means you want to double your bet but can only take one more card. So if you had a hand totaling 8, doubled down and got a 4 giving you 12 – you could not take any more cards.
Once you are happy with your cards and stand, the dealer reveals their card. If they have 17 or higher they will stand even if they don’t beat you, and lower than 17 they will hit until they either get 17 or higher, or go “bust”. Take the below example:
In this hand, the dealer has 11, while we have 19. The dealer must take at least one more card. They take a card and get 19 total:
So now they must stick, even though they are tied with us(and we get our bet back based on this).
Once the dealers hand is tallied and yours is tallied, the dealer will either take away your bet or give you your winnings, depending on whether you lose or win.
And that is how you play Blackjack! It is a very simple game and very easy to play. Please, try it out for free at Lucky Red Casino and you’ll see just how easy it is.
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