As a blackjack dealer and game instructor, I’ve taught countless people to play blackjack. Blackjack is very easy to learn and you can play at the table in minutes. This quick guide gives you everything you need to play blackjack. In this article, we focus on online blackjack.
Before you can play a blackjack hand, you must place a bet on the table. The minimum amount required to play depends on the table where you are. All winning bets on the blackjack table are even paid out in cash, with the exception of blackjack dealings, where three to two payouts are made. For example, if you place €5 at the table and receive a blackjack, you will receive €7.50.
How to play blackjack
The game begins when you receive two cards and the dealer receives two cards. A donor card is placed open so you can see it. This card is called the “riser card” and helps you guess what the dealer has. Each card has an account that corresponds to its number. For example, a two is worth two. Valet, Queen and King cards are worth ten. An ace is worth one or eleven – you decide. At the end of each hand, the player closest to the twenty-first will win. However, the goal is not to get as close to 21 as possible, but to beat the dealer.
As a player, it goes first. You can hit, stand, split, double or surrender.
Here is a description of each action.
Stand: You stay with what you have and finish your move.
Hit: You take another card. You can continue this until you are satisfied or broken (going beyond 21).
Split: If you have two cards of the same type (example, two tens), you can split them and form two separate hands. You can only split your first two cards.
Double: If you double, double your bet and take a final card – and finish your turn. You can not double if you have more than two cards.
Surrender: You kill the hand by taking back and giving up half of your money. Most casinos offer this now. You can only give up if you have your first two cards.
Once your turn is over, the dealer ends his hand by pulling if necessary. Most casinos are set up so that the dealer has to beat until the dealer holds a 17. If the casino hits the soft 17, it means that every 17 made with an ace (example: ace and a six) is hit. A tough 17 would be something like a ten and a seven.
They are now ready to hit the blackjack table and have fun. It’s good to read a blackjack strategy before you play to maximize your potential. You will discover key moments that you can not hit, no matter what you have and what time you double. Blackjack is a fun game and the house has a slight advantage over you if you know how to play properly.