Blackjack Basic Instruction
Blackjack is one of the most popular card games that has ever been played. If you have ever visited a land based Casino you will see table after table on the main Casino floor where Blackjack is being played. It is also one of the most popular and played games online as well.
There are a few different variations to this game but I am only going to explain the basic version below so as not to confuse the novice player that may be interested in trying out this easy to learn card game.
Blackjack is a classic casino game of strategy that wages you against the dealer in a contest to see who can score closer to 21 points without going over. Both you and the dealer receive two cards at the beginning of the game. You get to see both of your cards, but only get to see one of the dealer’s cards.
It’s up to you to make the call. Take a “Hit” and hope to get closer to 21, but not more than 21! Stand with the cards you have and hope that they’ll be enough to beat the dealer. Or, dare to double down for that big payout. You might even get lucky and automatically win with Blackjack!
Blackjack the Game
In Blackjack, you are dealt two cards face up and the dealer is dealt two cards, one face down and one face up. The goal of Blackjack is to get closer to 21 points than the dealer without going over 21 points.
A “Blackjack” is a hand that totals 21 points with two cards. BJ automatically wins, unless both you and the dealer receive BJ, then you push. A total of 21 points with three or more cards is not considered BJ.
Cards 2 through 10 = face value
Face Cards = 10 points
Aces = 1 point or 11 points, whichever makes a better hand
Example: 6 + Ace = 7 points or 17 points
How To Play Blackjack:
Click chips to place a bet within table limits or click Rebet Click Deal If the Dealer’s face-up card is an Ace, click Insure if you would like to buy insurance Click Hit, Stand, Double, or Split Continue to click Hit until you Stand, Double, bust, push, or until the dealer busts.
Doubling – You can only “Double” once per hand in BJ. Splitting – You can split the first two cards dealt if they are of equal point value. When you split, you must place an additional bet that is equal to the ante. You will now have two hands. You can continue to hit for each hand, unless the split was made for a pair of Aces, in which case you can only hit once for each hand.
To Win (meet one):
You get Blackjack.
Your hand is closer to 21 points than the dealer’s hand and does not exceed 21 points.
The dealer’s hand exceeds 21 points while your hand does not exceed 21 points.
How the Dealer Plays:
Dealer Hits on any total of 16 or less
Dealer Stands any total of 17 or more
Dealer Hits on any hard total of 16 or less
Dealer Stands on any hard total of 17 or more
Dealer Hits on any soft total of 17 or less
Dealer Stands on any soft total of 18 or more
Insurance is an additional bet that the dealer has Blackjack. You can purchase insurance when the dealer’s face-up card is an Ace. Insurance cost half the amount of the ante and pays 2:1 if the dealer has BJ. If the dealer does not have BJ, the insurance is collected by the house.
Practice Blackjack Here:
Our free blackjack game is no longer working. We recommend visiting Blackjackinfo’s free game instead. They also have some great articles on card counting and a more in depth look at the rules of blackjack when visiting a land casino.