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How To Play Blackjack

Blackjack is easy to understand and play because the game has some pretty straightforward rules. To begin with, it important to know that the main objective of the game is to beat the dealer. To do so, you must either outscore the dealer or have the dealer go over the 21 card value threshold (called a "bust").

This is done all while trying not to go over 21. But perhaps the easiest way to learn the dynamics is by playing Blackjack for fun. They say practice makes perfect and new players would be wise to adopt the habit of playing the game at free casinos so as to learn the different words that are commonly used in the casino, the different moves to make, and even the table layout. Playing Blackjack at online casinos is only different in the sense that it is virtual. Otherwise, even the table's layout is identical to a physical one. There are a number of standard features that appear across all types of Blackjack versions. For starters, there is a semi-circular table behind which the dealer stands as he faces a group of 5 to 7 player positions. For the game to start, between 1 to 8 card decks must be shuffled, after which 3 players then place their Blackjack bets, mostly using chips, in a 'betting box'.

The rules then state that the player whose bet is at the front of the 'betting box' has control over that position and is consulted by the dealer for decisions that concern the 'hand'. The card values are added to show the value of a hand and generally, Aces have a value of either 1 or 11 points, or 2 or 9 points depending on the pip value. The dealer then deals the cards from his/her left side. This position that is on the dealer's far left is referred to as the 'first base' while that on his/her far right is called the 'third base'. Each player gets two cards from the dealer who also deals himself two cards with one facing up and the other facing down. The one facing down is called the 'hole card'. Should the dealer get an Ace, he/she then offers 'insurance', which is a side bet that is optional and should not exceed half of the initial wager. This bet has a 2 or 1 point value should the dealer's hole card be a 10-point card. After the optional 'insurance' bet, the dealer then has to take a peek at his/her 'hole card' to see if it is a Blackjack. If it is, the dealer then turns over the card immediately.

On the other hand, if the card is not, all wagers apart from the 'insurance' lose unless a player has 21. During the players' turn, they must choose whether to "hit", 'stand', 'double', 'split' or 'surrender'. All this depends on the points they have and like earlier mentioned, number cards have the same value as their number while the Jack, King and Queen each have a 10 point value.