Blackjack Rules Of

Before playing blackjack in a land based casino or online, you must learn and master the blackjack rules of the casino you are playing; this will allow you to be more comfortable during your first gaming experience and allow the game to run faster for all players at your table.

The goal of the game.

After receiving two cards the player draws cards to approach the value of 21 without exceeding it. The player’s goal is to beat the dealer by obtaining a score higher than the dealer or seeing the dealer themselves bust over 21. Each player plays against the dealer, who represents the bank of the casino, and are therefore not actually competing against other players.

Values of the cards in blackjack.

- Each card numbered 2 to 10 use their respective values (equal to the number on the card).
- The jacks, queens and kings (the face cards), are worth 10 points.
- The Ace is worth either 1 point or 11 points, according to the player’s choice

The blackjack table.

Blackjack is played with 1 to 8 decks of 52 cards contained in a shoe. In France for instance, the shoes contain 6 sets of cards, the first 5 cards are burnt by the dealer at the beginning of the game.

Most blackjack tables have room for 7 players sitting. There are 7 sections, up to 3 people can play on the same section, but only the player sitting makes the decisions. Each player bets by placing chips in value of the box facing him.

Set Table Limits.

You will usually find a record for each blackjack table showing the limits of minimum and maximum bets of the table. If the limit of the table shows $2 – $100, this means that the minimum bet is $2 and the maximum bet is $100.

Start a game of blackjack.

Once you’ve chosen your table and buy your chips, place your bet on the blackjack table in the circle assigned to you before the dealer delivers the cards.

1: The initial distribution of cards.

At start of play the dealer distributes two cards face down (face up in Las Vegas) to each player and only distributes one card, the “up card” (European rule without hole card) to himself. In Las Vegas and outside of Europe, the dealer distributes a second card, the “hole card” (turned facedown against the table) at this point.

In the case of Blackjack.

Blackjack rules of casino for a blackjack. A blackjack is when the player receives 2 cards totaling 21 in value in the original hand given (an ACE and a 10 or a figure card). If a player has a blackjack, the dealer pays the player immediately at 3:2 (1.5 times the original bet) before continuing with other players at the table, provided that the dealer does not themselves have an ACE as the first card. In such cases insurance will be offered to each player (see the case of insurance). The player possessing a blackjack receives a win at 1.5 times his initial bet if the dealer does not have blackjack after the distribution of the second card to the dealer. If both the player & the dealer have a blackjack, the hand will be declared void and no money will be exchanged; this is called a “push”.

2: The Players decisions.

After you receive your first two cards, and that all blackjack table have been paid if it is necessary to pay, it is time to start playing. The player left of the dealer is the first to signal.

The dealer asks the player if he wants an additional card. You can “hit” (request a card) as many times as you want, as long as you do not exceed 21. When you have a total that you find satisfactory, you tell the dealer that you will “stand”, and the game continues with the next player. Some additional options are available, here’s a summary of all possible actions in blackjack:

- “Hit”: you want to take another card, the dealer distributes to you. In games where the cards are distributed at the shoe, do not forget to indicate to the dealer with a hand signal that you want to take a card or say, “hit”. If the player “busts” and is over 21, he loses his bet.

- “Stand”: you stand if you are satisfied with your hand, the total is sufficient & you do not want additional cards. Tell the dealer that you are served by delivering to a (horizontal) gesture of the hand (over your cards) or by saying “Stay”.

- “Double”: double your bet and you receive a card, but only one. In most casinos, you can “double down” only after receiving your first two cards and if they total 9, 10 or 11. This rule may vary between casinos, as the casinos can afford to double on any result. To request your additional card, tell the dealer that you want to “double”, or simply place a second bet next to the original bet on the box and the dealer will give you one last card.

- “Split a pair”: if the first two player’s cards are a pair, he can separate them into two separate hands, bet the same amount on each of them and play them separately, it is called “doing a split”. Any 21 obtained after a split does not count as “blackjack”, since it has not been achieved with the two original cards. The gain is thus limited to the amount equal to the placed wager (and not to the payment of blackjack at 3 to 2).

- “Insurance”: If the dealer’s visible card is an Ace, the player can “take insurance” to protect himself from a blackjack, that is, place a bet not exceeding one half of his original bet. If the dealer’s down card is a 10 or a figure, the player wins 2 against 1. If the second card (or “hole” card) belonging to the dealer does not equal 10, the insurance bet is lost. Here’s a simple tip for players who do not count the cards: never take insurance, the probability are beneficial towards the house.

- “Surrender”: give up and lose half the original bet. This option is available in Las Vegas and in some European casinos and within France. If it is available, this option will benefit the player.

3: The dealer’s turn

The dealer is the last player to act. In the U.S., the dealer uses two cards from the initial deal, the second card being dealt face down. In France, the dealer only uses one card, and uses the second at the end of the players turn. In both cases, the dealer continues to play his hand after the players have finished their decisions.

In the European version, if the dealer makes Blackjack, he collects all the stakes, including splits and doubles, except players who also make blackjack. In the American version, if he makes a blackjack, he collects only the initial stakes for players who split or doubled.

In most casinos, the dealer must continue to draw until they received a value of at least 17. If the dealer has a soft 17 (i.e., a hand containing an Ace can be counted as “11″ and then claimed 7 or 17), the house generally requires the dealer to “stand”. This rule is called “stand soft 17″ or S17. The other house rule requires the dealer’s to “hit” a “soft 17” is called “hit soft 17″ or H17. This offers an additional house advantage.

If the dealer busts, that is to say they go over 21, all players who are still in contention win. Otherwise, players who have a higher total than the dealer win and players who have a lower total lose. In case of a tie, the player’s bet is refunded (the money does not change hands).

Once all hands have been paid or the stakes have been collected, a new deal could take place.

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