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How to Play Blackjack-Basics of Blackjack

If you have some money, don't know how to spend it and want to try your fortune it is worth to try playing casino games! The most popular and easy type of gambling is blackjack. This page will help you to find out main rules of this game, some strategies and secrets, so after reading it you'll be ready to go and play!

How to Choose a Table

The first thing you do in gambling establishment is choosing a table that suits your game and bet sizes. These items will help you to do it properly:

1. Pay special attention to the signs on the table-top that declare betting limits. Minimum table bets are color-coded: Red means $5 bets, Green-$25 and Black-$100.

2. Blackjack tables have a clause printed on the table felt "Blackjack pays 3 to 2".

3. It is better for beginners to play "shoe" games, where dealer uses 6 or 8 decks of cards, help novices and all players' cards are visible to each other.

Where to Buy Chips

So, you selected a table and you are ready to play. It is the right moment to buy some chips from a dealer. There exist some rules:

  • wait for a pause in a game and put your cash on the table in front of you;
  • never try to hand your money to the dealer - he can't take cash from your hands;
  • a dealer changes your sum of money to chips: red for $5, green for $25, black for $100.

Making a Bet

In front of your place there you can find a box or a circle for the bets. You place there your chips before each hand. After the end of the hand the dealer moves around the table, paying winners and taking chips from losing hands.

You can change your chips into cash in the cashier in the end of a game.

How to Play Blackjack

The main aim of the game is to beat a casino dealer by getting more points in a hand without exceeding 21. Rules:

  • each player places his/her bet;
  • dealer gives two cards himself and each of the players;
  • the first player to the dealer's left decides whether hit or stand and the action continues counter-clockwise.

What is Blackjack

The combination of two cards with total score of 21 is called "a blackjack" or "natural blackjack". This hand carries a higher rank than a 21 score consisting of three or more cards.

Card Values

  • Ace is equal to 1 or 11;
  • Face cards (Jack, Queen, King) and 10 are equal to 10;
  • Cards from 2 to 9 are counted according their value.

Splitting Pairs

When a dealer gave you a pair hand, for example, two Sevens or two Jacks, you can split it into two separate hands. To do this you need to put a wager equal to your initial bet by its side. The dealer will separate these card and they'll be two distinct hands. Always split pairs of Aces.

The Player's Choices

Surrender

You may hold your hand, but it'll cost you the half of the original bet. There are two varieties of the surrender-early and late. The only difference between them is in a way of a handling of a blackjack dealer.

Hit or Stand

To draw one more card or stop at the current score is the main decision making by a player during blackjack game. In the face-up shoe game you tap the table with a finger when you want another card, and in the face-down game just scrape the table lightly with your cards.

Doubling Down

The players may double their bets in a case of two card hand. But remember, after doubling you may take only one additional card.

Now you know how to play blackjack and are familiar with all its rules. The only thing left to do is to play it. Try your fortune and make your life more interesting and diverse!

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