In many casinos, blackjack is the most popular gambling game. It has features that make the game extraordinary fun. Primarily, players are in control of their own cards and can play at their own discretion.
In blackjack, a player and the dealer play against each other. The goal of the game is to reach the sum of 21 or be closer to the sum 21 than the dealer. But you cannot go over 21, otherwise you "bust" and lose the game.
Cards value in blackjack
At the beginning of each game, each player and the dealer gets two cards. Player cards are dealt normally, ie face-up. Meanwhile, you see only one card face up in front of the dealer. The second card is face down and is called a hole card.
For players, the best combination is blackjack (natural - an ace and ten value card) If a player has this combination, he immediately wins, that is, if the dealer does not have a blackjack too. In this case, this is a draw.
Once all cards are dealt, the game continues with the player on the left of the dealer. The player first has to decide whether to use any of the side bets, which we describe later in this article.
After the cards are dealt the player has several options. Either his cards are good enough and he decides not to have other cards. This is the option to stand. If the value of his hand is not enough, he can ask for another card. This is the possibility of a hit. When the next card goes over 21, the player automatically pulls (busts).
Once all players play their rounds, it is time for a dealer to play. He first turns his hole card.
If he gets the natural 21 (blackjack), all players without natural lose. In the event the dealer does not have a blackjack, he decides according to the resulting sum of his first two cards. Unlike the players, the dealer cannot decide by himself but he has to follow the rules of the table instead. If the sum of his cards is less than 17, he must hit another card, otherwise, he will stand.
You can find dealer's rules written on the table. There are only two basic ones.
It is crucial to pay attention to these rules. It is possible that in one casino you will meet several variants of the game with different rules.
If the dealer busts, all the players who remain in the game (do not win) win. If the dealer does not bust, all players who have a higher total than the dealer win the game. Players with the same amount as the dealer draw (they will return their original bet).
Stand - if the player is happy with the value of his cards, he doesn’t draw another.
Hit - the player gets another card; this option can be used until the limit of 21 is exceeded.
Double - allows you to double your stakes during the game of blackjack, but only if you have been dealt two identical cards. If you decide to double, you will be automatically dealt another card but you will no longer be able to draw in the case of a double game.
Split - allows you to divide one hand into two and gives you a chance to win (or lose) twice in the course of a single game. If you have been dealt any pair, you can split the cards into two hands, which automatically closes another bet with the same amount that you bet and you can play with both groups separately.
After splitting, you can draw for each group as long as you want. If you have a pair of aces, you cannot get a blackjack and you can only get "normal" 21. If the dealer gets a blackjack, he wins. If the dealer gets 21, it means a draw.
Insurance - If the upcard is an ace, you can take "insurance" in case the dealer's hole (hidden) card is 10 or higher. If the dealer's second card is indeed 10 or higher, you win the insurance and score a 2:1 win. If the dealer's second card value is less than 10, you lose your insurance.
Finally, it is important to say that blackjack is one of the few casino games where players have the opportunity to sway the advantage over to their side - thanks to card counting techniques! Even without card counting, Blackjack is one of the games with the smallest house edge and is absolutely minimal when the basic strategy is followed.
Rules of blackjack may also vary depending on the type of the blackjack. In the text above, we covered the most popular version of classic blackjack. But there are more versions of it.
Blackjack Switch is one of the mentioned blackjack variants. It is very similar to classic blackjack, with the difference that a player plays with two hands on which the stakes two identical bets. The dealer only plays with one, as usual. Before the player draws another card, he/she is allowed to exchange the other cards from each hand. In Blackjack Switch, keep in mind that the dealer draws on soft 17, blackjack pays 1:1 (instead of 3:2 because there is much more chance of blackjack) and doubling and splitting is allowed.
The Dealer bust if he draws 22, although your blackjack still wins. There are two types of bets: a regular Blackjack Switch and a "Super Match" bet.
All rules are based on the classic blackjack except:
Spanish Blackjack (SP21) is another popular variation of blackjack and it has one of the best bets you could find in the casino at all. If you are looking for a little different compared to traditional blackjack, but at the same time you seek for a low house-edge game, Spanish Blackjack is game just for you.
SP21 uses six or eight decks to play. Each deck contains only 48 cards - compared to the usual 52, as it excludes four 10’s cards. Anyone who counts cards can tell you that removing tens from the deck moves the dealer into a significant advantage. But the SP21 gives players a lot of bonuses and favourable options. The rules are based on a 6-8 decks blackjack, including doubling after the split, later surrender and resplit.
In addition, SP21 offers the following improved player rules:
Double exposure is a blackjack in which the dealer shows both of his cards. Naturally, there are other rules and changes that offset this advantage. Although house edge is slightly higher than classic blackjack, Double Exposure is one of the most enjoyable and fun games for players at all.
The rules are the same as in the classic blackjack but for these exceptions:
Rules that may vary but are not strictly limited: