Blackjack! Well, what else there is to say about Blackjack.. beside that Blackjack is a kick arse game!
It's you against 'The House'! House's Representative; 'The Dealer'. Head to Head kind of card game.
It's basically pretty simple; everyone on the table, including the dealer, gets two cards to begin with with one or two goals in mind. First, you need to reach as close as you can to the cards sum of '21' or hit it. When each card represents its sum (a.k.a 2 diamonds equal the sum of two, 9 clover equals the sum of 9 and so on) while Queens, Kings and Jacks (picture cards) equal the sum of 10 each, while Aces equal the sum of either 1 or 11 (it depends on the game). <---- Therefore, the origin of the name Black Jack (see picture) when it comes to playing blackjack that's the most associative image with one of the strongest closing winning hand possibilities - when you reach 21 with the first two dealt cards! (initial hand) it's indeed an assured winning hand!
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Blackjack is the most vastly played casino game in the world.
In blackjack, the aim of the game, as mentioned before, is to beat the dealer by drawing cards (or hitting) until the total value of your cards is 21 or comes as close to without exceeding the total sum of 21. If the initial 2 cards you are dealt are total 21, you got a blackjack. If you are closer to 21 than the dealer (without exceeding 21) you win the amount you have wagered. If you are dealt blackjack (and the dealer is not) you win 3 to 2 times your waged bet. For example if you bet €50 and are dealt blackjack you are paid €125.
Ace cards can be valued at either 1 (hard) or 11 (soft), all face cards are valued at 10 and the remaining cards are valued according to their regular number value.
If the total value of your hand exceeds 21, you “bust” – and you lose whatever you have wagered. If your hand is the value as the dealer’s then you “push” which means that the amount you wagered is returned to you. Blackjack wins against a score of 21 (with 3 cards or more).
The dealer must draw cards until s/he has at least hard 17 (a hard hand is a hand that does not include an ace being used as 11), and must stand at 17 or higher. If the dealer gets 16 or soft 17, he must take another card.
The player has the following choices:
Hit: Request one more card.
Stand: Draw no more cards.
Split: Split the hand into two separate hands.
Double: Double the wager and receive only one more card.
Splitting - If you are dealt a pair or 2 cards of the same value you may split them, placing a second wager of equal value. This means you will essentially be playing 2 hands against the dealer. You then proceed to draw cards for each hand as usual, if you are dealt another pair (for example you have split 99 and one of the split cards draws another 9), you may split again. You can split additional pairs resulting from the original split up to a maximum of 3 splits in one game. The only hand that follows slightly different rules is if you are dealt aces. When you split aces you are dealt only one additional card for each hand, you may not draw any further cards. If one of your split aces and one hand is dealt a 10, this will count as 21, not blackjack. You may split a maximum of 3 times, resulting in 4 hands in one game.
Double - At any point (apart from when you are dealt blackjack) you may “double down”. This means you double your wager and are dealt only one additional card, you may not draw any more after this. You may also double down on a hand resulting from a split.
Insurance - When the dealer’s first card is an ace you may choose to buy insurance – this means you pay half the price of your initial bet and if the dealer has blackjack you are paid 2 to 1 on your insurance (corresponding to your initial bet). If you have bought insurance and the dealer does not have blackjack you lose your insurance. Your initial bet is then settled as normal (by comparing your hand with the dealer’s).
Black Jack: 3 to 2
Insurance: 2 to 1
Playing Blackjack means - you against the dealer - after you got dealt the first two cards you reveal them to the table, and if the sum of your two cards are no where near 21 you get the option to 'hit' with as many cards as you want till you choose to 'hold' your hand so the dealer gets to reveal his cards and play his/her turn to confine who is the winner.
In case you crossed the sum of 21 - you lose! in case you held your cards sum and the dealer's cards sum is higher than yours- you lost again! in case your sum equals the dealer's sum - You push! (your waged amount returns to you). in case the dealer's sum is over 21 - you win again! and of course if the dealer's sum is lower than yours when they 'held' their 'hand' - you won!
It's a fun, exhilarating and one of my old time favorite casino game.