The basics of blackjack
In blackjack there is a dealer and usually between 1 to 4 players. The player places his bet on the table and then deals the dealer without the first cards. Each player is dealt two cards that are shown to everyone around the table. The dealer also gets two but only shows one of them while the other is facing down. The goal of blackjack is to get the total sum 21 or to be closer to 21 than the dealer who is also a player in blackjack. The player can take as many cards as he wants (called ‘hit’), or you can choose ‘stand’ when you are satisfied with the cards you have. If the player’s score is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, the player wins as much as he or she has bet, except when the player has blackjack, which gives 1 1/2 times the bet.
If your first two cards are an ace and 10, you have a blackjack hand or a “natural” 21! Blackjack beats all cards, which only with a third or more cards become 21. All “picture cards” are counted as 10, cards between 2 and 10 have the value that is on them. An ace counts as 1 or 11. After you get the first two cards, you basically have two options – if you did not get a blackjack. Note that the dealer must take another card (hit) when it has a total of 16 or less, and that it must stay if the total is 17. You can double with the first two cards, if you do not have a blackjack. If this is done, only one more card is obtained. The first bet must be doubled. A typical double up mode is if you have a total of 10 on your hand after two cards. An ace or dressed card then gives you a great position to double up.
If you have two cards with the same value on the hand, you can split your hand. The original bet is placed on one hand and for the other hand a bet is made to the same value. But if you split two aces, only one more card is dealt to each hand. If you split two aces and the sum on your cards becomes 21, this does not count as blackjack, but only as 21. It is not possible to split a hand more than once. If the bank’s card is an ace, a side bet can be made, called insurance. If this is done, you bet once again (half of the first bet), that the dealer’s hidden card is 10. If this is the case, 2: 1 of the “Insurance” bet is paid out and the first bet is counted as lost, because you was beaten by the bank’s black jack. If the bank has no natural blackjack, the “Insurance” bet is lost and the deal is played as usual.