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Blackjack Rules

Considered to be today’s most famous casino card game in the world, blackjack is enjoyed by people of all walks of life mainly because of the inherent excitement and thrill the game offers. Besides the fun and enjoyment, this card game also stimulates effective decision-making and good skill on card-counting. These are essentials for one to make a winning steak and beat the dealer.

The aim of a blackjack player is to beat the hand of the dealer by getting twenty one or close to twenty-one card value. The Kings, Queens, and Jacks are valued as ten points. The Ace card is worth as either 1 or 11 points depending on the value that a player designates to it. The remaining cards are worth the value they indicate. Before the player takes the cards to be handed by the dealer, he must first bet. The player bets by placing his wager in a specially marked spot, usually located on the top of the player’s table pad. Afterwards, two cards are handed by the dealer to every player before he takes his own cards.

A person gets a blackjack or wins when he has a card that are valued as 10 points and an ace. However, a standoff occurs when he ties with the dealer. A player gets 3-2 when he scores a perfect blackjack. On the other hand, if he wants the dealer to hand him another card, he just tells "hit" or he can signify this through a hand signal. However, if he feels like sticking with his cards, he just needs to say “stand” or he can demonstrate this by placing his bet upon his cards or moving them in a parallel direction; this means that he doesn’t need any more cards. He loses if he asks for another card but fails to get the desired value.

Meanwhile, when the player wants to improve his cards, he just needs to say double-down. Here, he can choose to make his bet doubled on the two initial cards and take another card. Splitting pairs takes place when the player splits the pair that is initially handed to him and then individually plays them, betting the same value on each. Following the split, the player gets another card for the aces and if he receives a 10 and an ace, this is not counted as blackjack. Its value remains to be 21.