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Blackjack

Basic Rules

The objective of Black Jack is to obtain a hand of 21 or near, without exceeding this point (‘busting’). The ultimate aim which wins indisputably is a ‘Black Jack’ itself, i.e. a combination of two cards valued 21. To outplay the casino, the gambler should get a hand better than the dealer’s.

To start a game the player has to make the initial bet which is determined by the casino rules. After that the player gets two cards face up. The dealer receives two cards, as well, but one is face down and called the ‘hole’.  Aces count 1 or 11 (as the player chooses), all face cards are 10, while the other cards are taken by their face value. 

A Black Jack, or ‘natural 21’, wins immediately, and the winner receives their bet plus 150% of it as a winning bonus. In other cases, the player has to take strategic steps and proceed with:

  • Hit: the player asks for another card in the attempt to score as near to 21 as possible. Bear in mind that the dealer is liable to hit when their hand is below 17. If the player’s hand appears to be closer to 21 than the dealer’s one, or the dealer busts, the bet is paid 1:1.
  • Stand: the player refuses to take any more cards considering the hand favorable enough to secure the win.
  • Double down: Only two cards dealt, the player asks for only one more card and doubling of your bet.
  • Surrender: This option is not offered by some casinos, as it allows the gambler to give up their play right after the unfortunate hand is dealt and lose only half of the bet.
  • Split: Another optional step which allows the player to split their hand in two if it consists of a pair. Upon splitting, the gambler has to produce one more bet equal to the initial one and play the two hands as usual.
  • Insurance: This rarely chosen option provides the gambler with a chance to secure the bet by insuring it. The insurance bet amounts up to one half of the actual one and can be activated if the dealer’s face-up card is an ace. Thus, the player insures their bet against the dealer’s Black Jack. If the dealer scores a Black Jack, the insurance bet is paid 2:1, if not – the insurance is lost and the game continues as usual.
     

       You win if…

  • You’ve got a Black Jack.
  • Your hand is valued closer to 21 than the dealer’s.
  • Your hand doesn’t exceed 21, but the dealer busts.

You lose if…

  • You bust
  • The dealer’s hand is better
  • You surrender (and lose 50% of your bet).

Your bet is safe if…

  • You push, i.e. your hand equals the dealer’s one. However, your Black Jack wins.
  • You had insured your bet against the dealer’s Black Jack before he/she scored it

 

Basic Strategy

  Blackjack gambling chart for a 4-8 deck game:

Hand

Dealer's Card

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A

8-

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

9

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

H

H

H

10

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

11

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

12

H

H

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

13

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

14

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

15

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

16

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

H

H

H

17+

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

A,2

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

A,3

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

A,4

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

A,5

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

A,6

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

A,7

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

H

H

S

A,8

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

2,2

H

P

P

P

P

P

H

H

H

H

3,3

P

P

P

P

P

P

H

H

H

H

4,4

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

H

5,5

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

D

H

H

6,6

P

P

P

P

P

H

H

H

H

H

7,7

P

P

P

P

P

P

H

H

S

H

8,8

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

9,9

P

P

P

P

P

S

P

P

S

S

10,10

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

S

A,A

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key

H

Hit

 

S

Stick

 

P

Split

 

D

Double

            

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