A Guide to Basic Blackjack Rules

Blackjack is among the most common and popular casino games around. Thousands of people play blackjack everyday not only online but also in real casinos. If you want to play blackjack but don’t know it’s rules then you need not worry because it is a really simple game. Get to know the basic blackjack rules here.

In the game of blackjack, you do not compete with other players. You actually compete only against the dealer. The aim is to be able to obtain cards whose total is not higher than 21 but still higher than the hand of the dealer. When the total of cards crosses 21 you are said to have busted and you lose the game. Your cards’ total value is determined by adding all of them together. Kings, Queens, and Jacks are worth a total of ten points each. Aces are either worth one point or eleven points (it depends on what you think is more beneficial to you). There are no different or special values assigned to numbered cards and so their value is equal to the number on them. In blackjack a two-card hand of 21 points is said to be the best hand with one of the cards being an Ace and thereby of course the other being a card which holds ten points.

Blackjack starts when the players place theirs bets. Before the cards are dealt every player on the table has to place the bet. The dealer deals the cards only after all players are done placing their bets. Each player receives two cards that are all face up. Of the two cards dealt to the dealer only one is placed face-up and the other is placed face-down. Then the players have to taking into consideration the value of cards at hand decide to either stand or hit. In case the summation of the values of cards in hand is a lot less than 21 then it is advisable to hit. Keeping mind that you can lose with the next card if the total of your hand then crosses and so think carefully before you hit. Whenever you are convinced that your hand cannot get better with a hit it makes sense to simply stand.

The dealer will then reveal his hand. Most blackjack rules state that the dealer must hit if his cards’ total is less than 16. When you end up not just not busting but also with a hand totaling to more than your dealer’s you get paid 1:1. In case you straight away get a blackjack which means if you score 21 then you are paid 3:2.
When you’ve grasped these basics you can learn more like splitting and doubling down. The knowledge about advanced Blackjack Rules will only enhance your chances to win. Good luck!