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Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games played today.

Generally, each blackjack player competes only against the dealer (bank/casino), not against other players. The goal of each player is to beat the dealer, by drawing cards until your hand comes close to 21, without exceeding it. Blackjack players are scored by their point total. The player with the highest total wins as long as it doesn't go over 21, which is called a bust. Cards 2 through 10 are worth their face value, and face cards (jack, queen, king) are also worth 10. An ace counts as 11 unless it would bust a hand, in which case it counts as 1.

Learning blackjack rules online is a great deal easier than trying to learn at a table in a land-based casino. Blackjack rules online are the same as in a land-based casino, and as mentioned previously, can vary slightly from Casino Company to Casino Company.

To playing online is very simple, playing is as simple as clicking your mouse. Open your software to see how many bet denominations are readily available. To place a bet for a specific denomination click on the chip, the software will automatically place this chip in the betting area for you. To remove a bet, right click on the stack in the betting area.

All standard forms of blackjack rules dictate that the numerical values of the cards are: (10, J, Q, K) = 10, (Ace) = 1 or 11, (other cards) = face value (3 = 3).

This is how the play proceeds after the deal.

  1. If the dealer has a blackjack and the player doesn't, the dealer wins automatically.
  2. If the player has a blackjack and the dealer doesn't, the player wins automatically.
  3. If the player and dealer both have blackjack, it's a tie (push).
    If neither side has a blackjack, then the first player completely plays out his hand, followed by the next player, and so on.
  4. When all the players have finished the dealer plays his hand.

The player's options for playing his hand are:

  1. Splitting pairs is an option given to players when they are dealt two cards of equal value.
  2. Doubling down is done when you have two cards and feel that you can beat the dealer with just one more card.
    Surrendering is allowed in some casinos. If you feel that your two cards will be unable to beat the dealers hand you announce �surrender�,
  3. There is no way to win automatically in blackjack; the closest you can get is being dealt a 21 with your first two cards without the dealer doing the same as you. This called getting blackjack. If both you and the dealer happen to get blackjack, it's a push and you don't get paid, you just get your money back. If you win on a natural blackjack you are paid a bonus that, as stated earlier, is usually win 3 to 2 for a blackjack ($30 paid on a $20 bet).

Insurance bets are offered if the dealer's face card is an Ace and If the dealer shows an ace then dealer will ask if anyone (players) wants insurance, this is a side bet on the dealer having a card worth ten as his/her face down card.

Some common rules variations

  1. One card split aces: one card is dealt on each ace; player�s turn is over.
  2. Early surrender: player has the option to surrender before dealer checks for Blackjack.
  3. Late surrender: player has the option to surrender after dealer checks for Blackjack.
  4. Double-down restrictions: double-down allowed only on certain combinations

So that�s how blackjack is played. But there is much more to learn if you want to be a successful blackjack player. You must know when to split your cards, when to double, when to take a hit, and when not to. There are more blackjack variations, which can be found in the casinos, each has its own set of game rules, strategies and odds. It is advised to take a look at the blackjack rules of the specific variation before playing in the casinos.


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