Blackjack is by far the most widely played casino table game in the world. It’s a simple game to learn and exciting to play. How to play blackjack is so simple that you don’t need to have playing experience. Just start playing the game immediately after placing your bets on the table and the dealer will be happy to fill in your numbers.
Blackjack is a card game that’s played against the dealer. Unlike most other casino games, you actually compete against the dealer for the pot money and the entire payoff is based on the cards that you’re dealt. The dealer must qualify with an Ace for you to win, but you don’t need to have an Ace to win.
The Basics of Blackjack
The object of the game is to beat the dealer by having a hand that is worth more than the dealer’s hand, without going over 21. 21 means you’ve been dealt the best hand and you cannot get any better hand (face cards are worth 10 points each. Aces are worth either 11 points or 1 point, whichever helps your hand the most).
Keeping track of your cards is easy. On your first hand, simply mark off the numbers on the number meter shown for both your cards and the dealer’s cards, adding up the points as you go along. Remember, you are playing as though you had more cards than the dealer.
Before receiving more cards, you have to “stand” on your hand of 19 or lower. An “hit” means you want the dealer to draw a card to add to his hand any of the cards you already have in your hand. It’s actually considered a “good” hand, and a “bingo” hand, in blackjack terms, means you’ve gone over 21.
“Good hands,” meaning ones you feel you have a very good chance of beating the dewapoker, are 21 or higher, “bingo hands,” meaning you have a difficult time drawing a card that could beat you, are 21 or lower.
Once you are dealt your cards, you only need to look at the values of your cards to decide if you should “stand” on your hand, “hit” (draw another card) or “split” (cut up your cards and play them as two separate hands).
The trick to blackjack is using your cards’ values to figure out whether you should hit or stand, and then using the dealer’s card’s values to determine whether you should hit or stand. It’s that simple. If you’re dealt a King and an 8, you have a “Blackjack” hand. That hand is 21. If you’re dealt a 6 and a 4, you have a “Blackjack” hand with a 2 “out.” You have a 50% chance of winning, or a 48% chance of losing, in a 52-card game. It works like this. The easiest hand to beat is a pair of tens or higher. Since you’re only risking $5 to win $100, you have a 53% chance of beating a pair of tens. The easiest hand to beat is two single numbers, such as 2-2, 3-3, 5-6, 8-9, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18. Since you are playing two hands, you have a 40% chance of winning. And, if you have the “most favorable” hand, you only have a 26% chance of losing.
Your wager is based on the concept of probability. If your hand is 85% likely to win, then you wager $85. If your hand is 65% likely to win, then you wager $65. The reason for the $5 is a little simple. Since blackjack, unlike poker, is a game where you play against the casino, the cards aren’t against you. The dealer is playing against you. What you have to remember is that you are playing against the dealer. The longer the game goes, the more likely it is that the dealer will win. Because the dealer has a House edge, the more likely the casino will win.
If you can stay in the game and manage your money wisely, you can come out ahead at the end of the night. Stay at the table where the edge is gestained. If you can’t be beating the dealer and aren’t sure, take a break and play another hand.