Blackjack is perhaps the most popular and widespread games, now found both online and at brick and mortar casinos. The logic behind blackjack is pretty simple and really easy to learn. The aim of the game is to achieve a hand whose points total nearer to 21 than the banker’s hand, but without exceeding 21.
The following outline explains the basic rules of standard blackjack (21), along with the most common house rules. Players should be aware that some blackjack rules, including the number of decks, blackjack payouts, etc. differ from casino to casino, but the basics behind the game are pretty much the same regardless of where you play at.
Each player at the blackjack table has a circle or box to place bets in. Tables have a minimum bet and a maximum bet, but the player can decide how much to bet on a hand before the deal. Each hand played will result in one of the following outcomes:
- Lose: The player’s hand is beat by the dealer’s.
- Win: The player wins as much as he bet. If you bet $10, you win $10 from the dealer (plus you keep your original bet, of course.)
- Blackjack (AK, AQ, AJ, A10): The player wins 1.5 times the bet.
- Push: The hand is a draw, which means that the player keeps his bet.
There are a few situations where the hand dealt If you’re fairly sure that your hand will beat the dealer’s, you can double your original bet. You’re sometimes allowed to double down for any amount up to the original bet amount. In most casinos you may double down on any hand, but some casinos require an opening hand worth 11, 10 or 9. When you’ve chosen to double down, you’ll only get one more card from the dealer.