Blackjack is one of the most popular games played at the casino. It is also known as 21(Twenty-one). Here is the guide on How to Play Blackjack.
Important Information about Blackjack
What are the Requirements to Play to Blackjack?
Usually, 6 decks of 52 cards are used in this game. But sometimes only 4 decks are used. Two or more players are required to play this game. While playing at home, if players do not have 6 decks, they can still play with 1 or 2 decks.
Value of Cards in Blackjack:
|Ace (A)||1 or 11 (Depends on the Player)|
|2 to 10||Face Value|
|King (K) / Queen (Q) / Jack (J)||10 Points|
The Object in Blackjack
In Blackjack, the players compete against the dealer. So, the main objective is to beat the dealer. And the players can do this by scoring nearest to 21 points, without scoring more than 21 points.
All the players place a bet before the cards are dealt, within the minimum and maximum limits set.
Selecting The Dealer
While playing Blackjack at Home. The dealer is selected from among the players. The first dealer is selected randomly and then after each round, the dealership transfers in a clockwise manner.
Dealing The Cards
The dealer deals 2 cards to each player, face-up, one at a time, in a clockwise manner, and deals one card face-up and the other face-down to himself.
How to Play Blackjack
The player on the left of the dealer starts first and then the turn moves in a clockwise manner. The player can either “Stand” or “Hit”. Stand means the player does not want more cards and wants to stay on the 2 cards dealt to him. Hit means the player wants one more card.
A player can hit as many times as he wants until he decides to Stand. After that, the dealer serves to the next player.
By doing the above process, the player tries to reach as close as possible to the score of 21 points without getting more than 21 points. If during this process player gets more than 21 points than it is called “Bust”. In the case of Bust, the player loses the bet.
After serving to all the players, now it’s the dealer’s turn. The dealer turns up his face-down card. If the total of both the cards is 16 or less then the dealer has to hit, and if the total is 17 or more then the dealer has to stand.
If the dealer has an Ace and by counting that Ace as 11 points, the total exceeds the limit of 17 points but does not exceed 21 points then the dealer has to count that Ace as 11 points.
Winning in Blackjack
If the dealer’s card value is closer to 21 than the player’s card value, then the dealer wins the bet made by the player. And if the player’s card value is closer to 21 than the dealer’s card value, then the dealer pays the same amount of the bet, to the player. If there is a tie between the player and the dealer then the player takes the amount of the bet initially made.
When the first 2 cards dealt to a player makes the total card value of 21 points, it is called the Blackjack. In this case, if the dealer does not have Blackjack then the dealer pays 1.5x amount of the bet, to the player, and if the dealer also has Blackjack then it is a tie and the player takes his initial bet.
If the dealer has Blackjack then the players who do not have Blackjack lose their bets.
Split The Pairs
If the first 2 cards dealt to a player is a pair(Two cards of the same rank) then the player has an option to split that hand and treat both the cards as separate hands. While making a split, the original bet goes to one card and the player has to make another bet for the other card of the same amount as the original bet.
After the cards are dealt, if a player believes that he has a favorable hand(which is of 9, 10, or 11 points), he can double his bet to win more with a restriction. The restriction is that they can get only one more card.
In the casino, a player can specify his intention by signals also. To specify a hit, a player can tap the table or scratch the table towards himself. To specify the stand, a player can wave his hand above the table.
This is How to Play Blackjack. Play and enjoy.