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:: Blackjack rules - how the game is played
Blackjack is unlike many other card games in that all players compete against the dealer and not against each other.

The objective of blackjack is simple - try to make a total as close as possible to 21 without exceeding 21.

A few basics...


Card - point value
Ace  - counts as 1 or 11
2 -9  - point value is face value of card
10, Jack, Queen and King all count as 10

note: suits have no meaning in blackjack

Blackjack total point examples:

a 10 and a king total of 20 points

a 9 and a 6 total 15 points

an Ace and a 5 total 16 OR 6 points. In his case the 16 would be referred to as a "soft" 16 because it can also be considered to be a 6. remember, an Ace counts as 11 or 1 in blackjack.

If a players first 2 cards total 21 he has "blackjack". The normal payout for blackjack is 1.5 times the bet. If he dealer and a player each have blackjack the hand is a tie. No money changes hands.

Blackjack - the players advantage: Blackjack is unique in that an expert player actually has a small advantage over the house. In fact, anyone who adheres to the "basic strategy" has a better chance at blackjack than any other casino game. Unlike the dealer who has a set of rules that dictate when he must draw a card, a blackjack player can choose to draw or not to draw at any time.

Blackjack dealer rules: The dealer must keep drawing until his hand has a total point value of 17 or greater. If his hand exceeds 21 he "busts" and the players win. Some casino blackjack rules vary in that some require the dealer to draw when they have a "soft" 17 (such as Ace,six or Ace,two,three). In blackjack, it is to the players advantage if the dealer does not draw to a soft 17.

Blackjack - flow of the game: Each player places a bet and the cards are dealt clockwise until everyone has two cards. The first player then decides how he wants to play his hand. He can draw additional cards (take a "hit") until he wants to stop. If his hand exceeds 21 he "busts" and automatically loses. This is where the house advantage kicks in - since the players have to play their hands before the dealer does, they lose when they bust even if the dealer later busts himself.

After each player has played out his hand it is the dealers turn. If the dealer breaks those players in the game win. If he does not break his hand is compared with each player still in the game. If a players hand is closer to 21 that the dealers the player wins, if the point values are the same it is a tie, if the dealer is closer to 21 than the dealer wins.

Blackjack practice: Before going to a casino we highly recommend that you play several hands in the comfort of your own home where you can gain experience before jumping into the real action. You can play blackjack for free, or better yet for small stakes so your decisions actually mean something at several online casinos.

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