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How to play Blackjack

The main objective of Blackjack is to gather cards of higher value, however, below 21. Kings, Jacks and Queens as face cards are worth ten points. Besides, aces can be worth either one or eleven points. As for other cards, their number represents their values.

When there is a tie between the house and player, it is usually referred to as a Push. Ten Blackjack and ace on initial 2 cards that is dealt, is a winning.

Read below playing Instructions on how to play blackjack.

To win at Blackjack, a player has to beat the dealer by avoiding busting. Players bust when their cards cross over the 21 mark and they lose automatically. Any player having cards close to 21 is the winner. By adding the card values, you may reach 21, the best score.

Six players sit around a table to play. The dealer shuffles either 6 or 8 card decks. After this, he dealer places them in the shoe, which is the card-dispensing box.

As player of the game, you need to place your wager before you receive any cards. You are then dealt 2 cards. The dealer receives one card face down and one card face up. In turn, every player stands or hits to get one more card in attempting to get close to 21 while avoiding busting. Any player not busting has to wait until the dealer’s turn. The the dealer reveals his down card, when you have finished playing. The dealer has to stand by the compulsorily rules of play if there is a count of 17 or above. Likewise, if the count is 16 or below than that, the dealer needs to draw.

Players win automatically on making a blackjack (21) with their initial two cards namely with the Ace and a face card or a 10. This is known as Blackjack, which offers a prize of 1 and a half times the bet you placed. Otherwise if you have a higher count compared to the dealer, you win an amount equal to your initial bet. As for players who show lower count, they lose their bet. If there is busting by the dealer, all players win. You may try different betting options such as Surrender, Even Money, Insurance, Split and Double Down.

Surrender means you give up playing and only lose half your bet. Early Surrender, here, you may surrender before the dealer actually checks for any Blackjack. Late Surrender, if the dealer confirms having any Blackjack. Even Money involves cashing in a bet as soon as a payout ratio becomes 1:1, if you have natural Blackjack, with the dealer’s card showing Ace. Insurance is a side bet up to half a first bet opposite the dealer, against the dealer having a natural 21. The dealer needs to possess Ace here. Next, if the dealer makes Blackjack having ten faces down, the insurance is at 2-1 odds. Splitting pairs, you split into two, the first 2-card hand for playing them separately. Double Down allows you to only get one more card and double the bet.

Good luck to you with the great game of Blackjack.

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