Learn how to play blackjack and win at blackjack. Blackjack is a playing card game in which the ultimate goal is to hold cards that total to 21.
A pack of playing cards has 52 cards, 4 different suits which are diamonds, hearts, clubs and spades. Each suit has 13 cards, which are Ace, 2 to 10, Jack, Queen and King. In the game of blackjack, the suit of the cards is irrelevant.
There is an equivalent value for each of the playing cards. Ace is equal to 1 or 11, and it’s up to you to decide the value of an Ace. The cards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are totaled as is. For example, 5 + 9 = 14. The cards 10, Jack, Queen, and King are all equal to 10. For example, Jack + King = 20. If the cards you are holding total above 21, you are busted and lose the game.
If the cards dealt to you are an Ace and a 10, Jack, Queen or King, what you are holding is a ‘natural blackjack’ and your win is 1.5 times your bet. If your cards total 21, such as Jack + 9 + 2, you have a blackjack and your bet will be doubled. If you have 21 and the dealer also has 21, it is a tie. If you have a natural blackjack and the dealer has 21, you win.
A newly opened black table has a total of 4 decks in the dispenser equal to 208 playing cards. When you place your bet, the dealer gives you two cards, face down. The dealer also has two cards, but one is facing up so you can see the card to have a hint of what the dealer’s hand is. Peep to see what you cards are, do not show them to anyone. If you have a natural 21, open your cards to show them as that is a winning hand unless the dealer has a natural 21 also, then it is declared a tie game.
If the first two cards do not total 21, you have to decide based on their total whether to hit, which is to ask for another cards, or to stand. If your cards total lower than 17, you have the option to hit so you can reach 21. If your cards total 17, 18, 19, or 20, you can decide to stand, or no longer accept any cards to increase your total.
Now this is where the secret to winning a blackjack game is applied. The dealer is forced to stand on 17, but you are not. Even if you have cards that total below 17, the dealer can get over 21 and busted. With the 2 cards that you are holding, decide whether to add to it or not. The safe route is to stand when you have 17, 18, 19, or 20. Keep in mind the open card of the dealer, as this will enable you to decide whether to ask for another card or not.
You can use advanced betting options when dealt with the first two cards. You can opt to surrender if you don’t like you cards and lose only half your bet. This is usually done when the dealer show card is a 10 value card and your initial hand is 15 or 16. If you have a pair, like two 5’s, you can split it and play two hands. Do not split the cards if you have two 9’s or two 10’s, Jacks, Queens and Kings because these hands have a good possibility of winning. Double down is when you decide to double up the bet as your cards look like they can win. Insurance betting is done if you think that the dealer has a blackjack hand and you want to make money on the side in case that dealer’s hand is blackjack.