Blackjack is easily one of the most popular games in the world. It is known as many different things, but is most commonly known as Blackjack or 21. It is a fast paced game that is played in just about every language, in every country, all around the world. Much of the reason that it is so popular is because it is a fairly simple game to learn to play. You also don’t need a lot of time to play, so even if you can’t necessarily partake in poker tournaments and the like, you can likely fit a game or two of blackjack into your busy schedule.
Learning how to play blackjack starts with knowing the object of the game, or in other words, what you are attempting to do. The basic object of the game is to put together a hand of cards that totals as close to 21 without going over. Each of the cards has their own value, which you will need to know to put together said hand. For instance, face cards such as Jacks, Queens, and Kings are worth 10 points each. Ace cards are worth 1 or 11 points, player’s choice. All of the other cards are worth their face value. If an Ace and a 10 are the first two cards dealt the player will automatically with.
Up to six players can play blackjack at one time. Usually six to eight decks are played with, all being shuffled together by the dealer. To get the game started you will need to place a wager. After this two cards will be dealt to you and the other players face up. The dealer will get one card face up and one card face down. The players then take turns choosing to stay or taking more cards to get closer to 21 without going over. The players who do not bust wait for the dealer to take his or her turn. When all of the players have completed this step the dealer will turn over the down card. If the dealer has 17 or higher they will stay, if it is 16 or lower they must draw.
If you put together a hand of 21 with the first two cards you are said to have one blackjack and you will win 1.5 times your original bet. The only time when this will not hold true is when the dealer also has blackjack. At this point it will be a tie and you will get your bet back. The players that have a higher hand value than the dealer will win the amount equal to their bet. Players with a hand value that is lower than the dealer will lose their bet. If the dealer busts, all of the remaining players will win.
As you can see, blackjack is not all that difficult of a game. In fact, when it is explained in writing it sounds more complicated than it is. If you are new to the game you may want to try playing free games with online casinos before you play for real money. This will allow you to see when and where you have to do certain things, so you can understand the flow of the game and also put into action what you have learned here. Playing free games also takes the pressure off when you are still learning because you aren’t risking anything while you learn.