Beginner’s Black Jack; Hit the Table with Confidence

blackjackIf you’ve ever been to the casino and wished you could slip confidently into a seat at the blackjack table, now is the time to learn the game. It can seem slightly intimidating but it’s a simple game once you understand what’s going on with betting and the cards.

  • When you take a seat at the table, you’ll see a square or a circle on the table directly in front of you. This is where you’ll place the bet in play. It’s best to start out small until you get the hang of the game.
  • The dealer will give you two cards and will deal two cards to himself. Both of your cards will be face down so nobody else can see what you have. In Blackjack, you’re trying to get to 21 without going over. Each face card is worth 10 points. Any card lower than 10 is worth the amount of the card, and aces are worth 11 points or 1 point depending on what you’d like it to be worth.
  • You’re playing your hand against the dealer not the other players at the table. One of the dealer’s cards will be face up and the other face down. You’ll have a slight advantage because you can see at least one of the cards, although it can be deceiving. If a face card is showing, you might guess incorrectly that the under card is a high one.
  • After looking at your cards, you have decisions to make. You can take another card, which is called a hit, or you can stay or stand, which means you don’t want another card. You can take as many cards as you want. At any point that you go over 21, you automatically lose.
  • Once you stay or stand, the dealer will flip over his card.
  • If the dealer has 16 or less, he has to take a hit. If he has 17 or higher, he has to stay. These are the rules of Black Jack. If you tie or push, you keep your money, but you don’t win anything. If you go over 21, you lose your chips even if the dealer goes bust as well.
  • If you have two cards with the same number, you can make two hands. You have to double your bet too. This means that you could lose twice as much money in a single hand. You don’t have to split the cards unless you have aces. In this case, you should always split the cards since you’ll have a chance to hit black jack immediately. A face card or a 10 along with an ace pay at a higher rate.
  • After the initial card deal, you can double down, which means you can take one more card in the hopes of hitting close to 21 without going over. You can’t take another card after that.

Now, you’ll be able to slip into a chair at the Black Jack table with confidence.

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