BlackJack Rules

Blackjack is a simple game once you have played it a lot

Many Blackjack players prefer to study all of the rules before they sit down, and this isn´t a bad idea…

Generally, each player competes against the dealer, not against the other players. You have to beat the dealer by drawing cards until your hand comes close to 21, and no more.

The blackjack game has a dealer and from one to seven players.

You have a “blackjack” or a “natural” if your first two card total 21. If the house gets closer to 21 than you without going over, then they win.

Online blackjack rules are the same as in a land-based Blackjack table, depending on the variables that the Casino chooses for the game.

The values of the cards are:

– 10, J, Q, K = 10
– Ace = 1 or 11
– other cards = face value

Each player receives two cards in sequence, one at a time, face up or face down, depending on the Casino rules. The dealer dealt himself a face up and a face down card.

The rules for the dealer are:

– If his hand is 16 or less, he must take a card.
– If his hand is 17 or more, he must stand.

The dealer can’t change his decisions

. The players could take certain actions on their hands, if it has not been determined that the dealer has a blackjack.

The player can ask the dealer a hit, if he wants another card. In face up games, players aren’t allowed to touch the cards, so the way to ask another card is scratching the surface of the table. In face down games, the players would use his cards to scratch the table.

The player may take as many hits as he wants as long as he doesn’t exceed a total of 21.

The player inform the dealer that he wishes to stand if he doesn’t want anymore cards. In face up games the way to inform it, is waving his hand with palm down, in a lateral motion. In face down games, you stand by tucking your first two cards under your bet.

A “double” of your bet could be made after looking at your first two cards. Once this is done the player receives one more card.

When a player surrenders his hand, he gives up half his bet without playing his hand out. On early surrender, the player gives up half his bet regardless of whether the dealer has a blackjack or not. On late surrender if the dealer has a blackjack the player loses his entire bet.

Blackjack

Objective : To reach twenty-one points or get as close as possible without going over that limit.

How to play: To make your bets, you have to decide on the amount of money you want to gamble. In a casino, bets are usually made with chips. You place your chip or chips on the table before cards are distributed.

The croupier will give you two cards. If your first two cards make 21, you have a Blackjack. If you do not have a Blackjack, you may keep on getting new cards until you approach 21 as much as possible without going over, or you may stay with your cards whenever you decide.

Player Rules:
Cards value: Aces have a value of 1 or 11, figures such as 10 and others have their usual value.

If your cards are closer to 21 than the croupier’s, you win the same amount of money you bet.
If you have Blackjack, your bet will be paid 3 to 2, unless the croupier has also a Blackjack.
If you go over 21, your bet is lost.
If your cards make the same as the croupier’s, it is a tie, so you get your bet back.

Croupier Rules: The croupier will give cards to himself. When he reaches 17 points he must stay, not being allowed to take any more cards. Otherwise, he will keep on taking cards until he reaches a total of 17 points or more.

Double: If your first two cards make 9, 10 or 11, you may “double”. That gives you the choice of doubling your bet, but you will only get an extra card and will not be able to take any others.

Six cards win: A six-card hand not over 21 wins, the croupier will not take any more cards for that hand.

Divide: If your first two cards are of the same value, you can “divide the pair”. This allows you to consider every card as the first of two different hands. You must bet on your second card as much as you did on your first.

Note: Blackjacks are not allowed in divided hands. They are worth 21, so they are not paid 3 to 2.
Two divided aces are given only one extra card and are not allowed to double nor to take any more cards.

Insurance:
If the card shown by the croupier is an ace, you may get insurance against a possible Blackjack from the bank. The croupier will ask you to make this choice. It costs half as much as your original bet.
If the croupier has a Blackjack, insurance will pay 2 to 1.
If the croupier does not get a Blackjack, your insurance money is lost. Then your cards will be compared to the croupier’s.

Black Jack Tips

To increase your chances to win at blackjack, below are Blackjack Tips that will help you play your best:

    • In picking a table, consider rules variations that could increase your advantage, like the dealer having to stand on soft 17, or doubling down on any two cards.

 

    • Unless you’re counting cards or you have a gut feeling that the dealer has blackjack, never take insurance when offered.

 

    • Never split 10’s or 5’s

 

    • Always split Aces

 

    • Always split 7’s and 8’s against an equal or lower dealer’s card

 

    • Always split 2’s or 3’s against a 4, 5, or 6

 

    • Never split F’s cards: Face Cards, Four’s and Five’s

 

    • Doubling down is the player’s chief advantage, so don’t ignore it:

 

– If the dealer’s up card is 3 to 6, doubling with 9
– If the dealer’s up card is anything but a 10 or an Ace, doubling with 10
– If the dealer’s up card is anything but an Ace, doubling with 11.

    • Stand on hard 13-16 if the dealer’s up card is 6 or lower, but hit if the dealer’s showing card is 7-Ace.

 

    • Stand on 17 or higher if the dealer is showing 7 or lower.

 

    • Always stand on 12 or higher if the dealer’s up card is 4-6.

 

    • Hit until you have at least 17 and the dealer 10.

 

    • Hit a 12 if the dealer is showing 2, 3, 7 or higher.

 

  • Hit a soft 17 against a dealer’s 10.