Also known as the ‘21’ game, blackjack is a staple in both online casinos and actual casinos. It is quite popular simply because the game is easy to play and it has a very low house edge, meaning, you can potentially take home a lot of money while the ‘house’ only gets a measly amount.
That being said, I’ve heard a lot of bad advice out there pertaining to the game. Most people would tell beginners to get cards that are close to 21 (and not go beyond that number) but the real objective of the game is that you should beat the dealer’s hands.
One of the most amazing things about blackjack is that you are actually not going against other players; you are actually going against the dealer. You will be given two cards and the dealer will also receive the same number of cards with one card revealed to you and one card placed face down.
To help you win the game, it is imperative that you know the rules of the game so that you can concoct your own winning strategies. This article will tell you the rules of the game.
The Rules of the Game
In the original version of the game, players will get any of the 52 cards in a standard deck. That means that the joker cards are disregarded. However, since card counting became popular (which is a means of using math to somehow predict the cards that will be drawn from the deck), casinos now use more than one deck of cards.
The most common configuration is the 4-deck blackjack game, but there are also 6 and 8-deck modes as well. If the game calls for the use of more than one deck of cards, all of the cards will be placed in a box known as the shoe.
Now, the main objective of the game is that you should beat the dealer’s cards. The pair of cards that you are dealt with should be close to or equal to the number 21, but how exactly do you sum up the value of your cards?
Well, the number cards (2-10) will retain their value (also known as pip value). The face cards which are the king, queen, and jack cards will be equal to 10 points and the ace card will either be equivalent to 1 or 11 points depending on which is much more favorable to the player.
Anyway, before the game begins, the dealer will ask players to place their chips on the table (which should be placed on top of the designated marking on the felt). Then, the dealer will hand out the cards face up so that the players can see and the dealer will also get a pair of cards; one card is revealed and the other one is face-down (the face down card is also known as the hole card).
If the dealer happens to get an Ace card, he will give the players a chance to get what is known as an insurance bet. The insurance bet pays 2-1 but this is only offered if the dealer gets a 10-point equivalent card or more (such as the Ace card). The insurance bet may or may not be taken by the player.
Again, the objective is to beat the dealer by getting close to the number 21 (or truly equivalent to it). If the dealer has a better pair of cards than you, then you win nothing (unless you have the insurance bet).