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The game of Blackjack is currently one of the most popular casino games in both physical and online gaming rooms. Surely you have heard of it and want to try it, but the rules of the game are not very clear to you. Many people (and even the casinos themselves) summarize the goal of Blackjack as “getting a score as close to 21 as possible.” This is not entirely true and in this short guide we will explain why.
Main rules of Blackjack
The basic rules of Blackjack could be summarized in the following points:
- The game is started when all players have placed a bet.
- The dealer says “no more” and deals two cards to each player and two to himself (one face up and one face down).
- Players decide if they want to hit another card, stand, double down or split.
- The dealer always speaks last. He is obliged to continue asking for cards if he has 16 points or less and to stand if he has between 17 and 21.
- A player wins when he scores more points than the dealer or when he has 21.
- A player loses when his cards total more than 21 points.
Value of cards and tokens
Cards from 2 to 9 score their face value, that is, a 3 of hearts is worth 3 points and an 8 of clubs 8 points. The suits do not affect the value of the cards. The figures (J, Q and K) are worth 10 points each. The Ace is normally always considered to be worth 11 points, unless the hand is over 21 points. In that case, the Ace would be considered worth 1 point.
Both in online Blackjack and in physical Blackjack, you do not play for real money, but with chips that are equivalent to that real money. Such chips have a different color and value. The white token is worth $ 1, the red $ 5, the green $ 25, the black $ 100, the purple $ 500 and the orange $ 1000. This may vary depending on the casino or the country you are in.
Plays Allowed in Blackjack
It means that you want the dealer to give you another card. You can order as many as you want until you decide to stand or until you exceed 21 points.
It means that you are satisfied with your cards and do not want the dealer to deal more to you. You can stand at any time you want after receiving the first two cards at the beginning of the game.
If you are dealt two matching cards (for example, a pair of 5s or Aces), you can split them. By doing this, you will have to place a new bet, of the same value as the first one.
This option is only allowed in some casinos. You will be able to withdraw from the hand losing only half of the money bet. Normally this action can only be performed when the dealer does not have Blackjack or if the player has not received any additional cards.
Get the bet back
If the player has hit Blackjack and the dealer has an Ace in sight, the dealer will ask the player if they want to get their bet back. If the player accepts, they will get back the full amount bet on that hand.
When the dealer’s card is an Ace, the dealer will ask the players if they want to place an insurance bet, that is, bet that the dealer’s second card will have a value of 10. Players can bet a maximum of half of your initial bet on insurance. If the dealer’s second card is worth 10 (J, Q, or K), players receive a 2-to-1 payout on their insurance bet.