How To Play Blackjack
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.*
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.
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: