Basic Rules

The of are fairly simple however there are small variations that can make a big difference to your wallet. Make sure you check out the rules before you start at a or in the real world. I once played on a Ferry and it was only after a few hands that I realised that the dealer won if I drew on 17-21. This give the house a massive 8.86 % extra advantage. I quickly left the table with my remaining money in tact.

I have outline the to get you started, for a complete set of rules please refer to the online Casino you intend to on as rules can vary between casinos.

The basic rules of blackjack are outlined here with the intention of introducing a {novice~beginner} player.

Each blackjack player at the table competes only against the dealer (i.e. the bank/casino), not against other players. The often stated goal of blackjack is to draw cards until your hand adds up to 21, or comes as close as possible without exceeding 21. More realistically the true goal is simply to beat the dealer. It just so happens that usually, your best hope of beating the dealer so is to get as close to 21 as you can without going over.

If your first two cards total 21, you have been dealt a blackjack. If the dealer gets closer to 21 than you without going over themselves, the dealer wins your bet. The dealer does not have freedom to choose how to play their hand, and always follow a set of blackjack rules which apply only to the dealer. Understanding these is just as important as knowing what you can do as a player.

Before you are dealt a hand, you must place wager. The dealer then deals two cards to each of the players at the table, and two to themselves. The first of the dealer’s cards is dealt face up and the second is dealt face down. Face cards (kings, queens and jacks) count as 10, an ace counts as one or 11 (whichever is more advantageous to the current hand) and all other cards are counted at their face value.

If the dealer’s hand totals 16 or less, they must take a card. If the dealer’s hand is 17 or more, they must stand. Sometimes a casino lets the dealer hit on a soft seventeen, adding to the casino edge. Should a player get a {Natural Blackjack~Blackjack} (first 2 cards are an Ace and a ten) standard blackjack rules pay back at 3 to 2, or 1.5 to 1.

You also have the option during mid play to ‘double down’ after you are dealt your first two cards. To double down is to double your bet on your current hand, part way through. When you choose to double down it means you will be dealt one more card on your hand, and this will produce your final hand, with no more opportunities to hit. Some casinos only allow doubling on a total of 9, 10, or 11{ (this is sometimes referred to as European Rules Blackjack)~,} although some allow doubling down on any 2-card hand.

If you are dealt a pair, you have the option of ‘splitting’ them. The original bet will go with one card and an equal amount of chips go against the 2nd card. You are now playing two hands, each as though they were independent, normal blackjack hands following standard rules. If you were splitting aces however, you only get one more card on each hand after the split. If you manage to split aces and draw a ten, it is not considered a natural Blackjack, so you don’t get paid 3 to 2, but you still win (this is valid for most casinos but please check the Casino rules regarding this).

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