How To Play Blackjack

Blackjack basics

Lillie Mcguire
Posted on January 25, 2013 at 12:01pm

Blackjack aka. 21 is very popular because of its few, basic, easily-to-comprehend rules. The object of Blackjack is to obtain a 21-count hand.

Step 1:

Each player must purchase chips: Red=$5, Green=$25 and Black=$100. The majority of casinos only allow chips to be purchased at the table.

Step 2:

Each player must place at least the minimum wager limit in a designated bet-zone printed on the tabletop between himself and the dealer. * Each table must clearly display minimum and maximum wager-limit signage.

Step 3:

Dealer shuffles two to five decks and places them face-down in the center of the table. One player cuts the deck by placing a colored divider-card anywhere amidst the cards. The dealer divides the deck at the color-card, repositions the color-card about two-thirds further back in the deck and places the cards in a container known as the Shoe. If only two decks are used, the dealer holds them in his left hand.

Step 4:

Once the dealer checks to ascertain all players have placed bets, dealer discards the top card, the burn-card, and deals one card to each player beginning furthermost to the dealer's left. The last card is dealt to the dealer and placed face-up. * Player cards are dealt face-down or face-up depending on casino rules.* The deal continues until each player receives two cards. The dealer's second card is place face-down under the face-up card. * The dealer's face-up card is known as the Up-card with the face-down card being termed the Hole Card.*

Step 5:

If no initial hand equals 21, as derived from the standard card count of : K, Q, J, 10 =10 points and Aces valued at 1 or 11 points, each player must decide to stay/pass or Hit--take a card and risk going Bust—exceeding 21. If a player's initial hand is Blackjack, that player wins 1.5 times the original wager and the game ends. If a player and the dealer both hold Blackjack, the play is termed a Push/tie, with the player winning his initial bet back. If the dealer's hand is bust, all players win their initial bet back.

Step 6:

At any point during game, the dealer may offer the following side-bet options:

Insurance - Players opt to risk one-half the original wager against the dealer holding Blackjack. *Insurance pays out 2-1 only if the dealer's face-up card is an Ace and the Hold Card is a 10, thereby rendering the dealer's hand a bust.

Surrender- Any player may opt to place his hand face-down beneath his chips and lose one-half of the wager.

Early Surrender - Give up hand prior to dealer's 2nd card turnover.

Double Down - Double the initial bet after two cards are received and take one new card.

Even Money - equals a 1to1 payout if a player holds Blackjack and the dealer's face-up is an Ace.

Split Hand - If of equal value, separating the first two cards makes each a new hand. * A second wager equal to the original must be placed in front of the player's bet zone. * In Split Hand Aces only count as 11. A Helpful Blackjack Video: