Rules of Blackjack

9 February 2018

Blackjack is considered to be one of the most popular casino games in the world by many people. There is probably no casino that does not have at least one blackjack table. Furthermore, when we think of gambling, blackjack and poker are the two games that most likely come to our mind first. These are the classics in the world of casino games.

Card deck and card values

Since its creation approximately in the 16th century, the game of blackjack has had only a few minor changes. Blackjack is played using a deck of 52 cards, but originally, it was played using the Spanish deck which didn’t include eights and nines. The values of the cards are their numerical values from 2 to 10, while the face cards, that is, the Jack, the Queen, and the King, are all worth 10. One card has a special characteristic in blackjack, and that is the Ace which can count either 1 or 11 depending on the player’s choice. At the casino, blackjack is played using 1 to 7 decks of cards.

How to play blackjack

Blackjack can be played by at least two players, one of who is the dealer as well. At a casino blackjack table, there are usually five to seven playing positions and at each position there can be 3 players placing bets per round. The casino takes the role of the dealer. The aim of the game is to gather a card total higher that the dealer’s hand while not exceeding a total of 21.

The game starts when the dealer hands out two cards face up or face down to each player, including himself. The players add the values of the two cards to get the total value of their hand. If the sum of the two cards is lower than 21, the player is allowed to draw another card. If the value of the hand is still lower than 21, the player can ask for another card. In fact, players can draw additional cards as long as the total value of their hand doesn’t exceed 21.  If the value of the hand exceeds 21, the player automatically loses, but he can decide to stop drawing cards before their sum reaches 21 and then the last sum is the final sum. Next is the dealer’s turn. The dealer examines the players’ final sums and then tries to draw 21 or higher than the players without going beyond the sum of 21. The winner is the one whose final sum equals 21 or is closest to 21. If both the player and the dealer have the same sum, it’s a draw.