There’s no better way to pass the time at the blackjack table than by watching your winnings multiply with every hand. But if you don’t know how to play blackjack, it can be hard to keep track of what cards are in play, when to hit and when to stand. This brief guide will walk you through some of the basics.
There’s one important thing to consider when choosing your blackjack table. It’s the amount that you want to bet: the minimum price. It’s the amount you need to bet in order to stay in the game, and it’s usually between $1 and $10.
The dealer must shuffle the cards after each hand. This is done to ensure the deck is not stacked and maintains a fair distribution of cards. The shuffle must also happen before each round, and before each hand in that round.
Basic blackjack rules
The ace is the most important card in the game. It dictates whether the hand is ‘soft’ when you have an ace, or ‘hard’ – the absence of an ace. It’s called soft because an ace can be a 1 or an 11. So if you are dealt a 9 and an ace at the beginning you have a soft hand. You can decide whether you want your hand to amount to 1+9=10 or 11+9=20. Without an ace there is no such flexibility.
The dealer plays his hand last. This means that you can make a decision before he does, but then he gets to make his decision after you do. The dealer has a few options available to him that you don’t have. The dealer may draw additional cards in an attempt to improve his hand without busting (going over 21).
The dealer can stand on soft hands. If the dealer’s original total was between 16 and 21, he can choose not to draw any more cards and just stand with what he has in his hand. This is also known as “taking it.” There are other ‘tactics’ that the dealers can do but require going really in depth.
If the dealer has a 7 or higher, you should stand. This is because the dealer must hit in this situation. If your hand is 12 or above and the dealer has a 2 or 3 showing, you should stand.
If you have a hand of 12-16, and the dealer has 4, 5, or 6 showing and you haven’t already hit, it’s time to take one more card. The number is low enough to risk taking one more card without going over 21.
Don’t split 5s when they’re paired together since it’s against your best interest to split such high cards. These are some basic ground rules. There are entire books on blackjack strategies!
Blackjack is fun, easy to learn and a great way to spend some time with friends. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, we hope this article has helped you learn how to play blackjack!