How To Play Blackjack - Understanding The Rules And A Simple Strategy

By: Gen Wright


Playing blackjack can be quite an exciting experience and on top of that you can easily make consistent money if apply your abilities and master the right methods.

In order to play blackjack, first you need to understand some simple rules of the game and then some basic strategies to improve your winning odds. Here we go with the rules of the game first.

The rules are quite simple and easy to understand. The dealer deals you or the players two cards each and then deals two cards for himself with one card dealt face up (showing what card it is) while the other one is hidden. Many people consider that the main object of the game is to get 21 or close to 21. If you also think so, then think again. The true object of the game is to beat the dealer.

The value of all the cards from 2 to 10 is considered equal to their number while the value of face cards like Jacks, Queens and Kings is considered equal to 10. The value of Ace card can either be 1 or 11.

After you got your initial two cards, you can call for more cards called as "Hit", as many times as you like, just so long as you don't go over the 21 or bust. You can also call "Stand" if you don't want any additional cards.

So after you get your two cards and call for "Stand" then whatever you have in your hand will be considered your final score and positioned against the dealer. If you call for "Hit" then the dealer will deal you another card from the deck with face up and its value will be added to your existing total. If your total goes over 21 then it is considered as a dead hand, and you have a bust.

The rules of the game may seem to be very easy, but to play like a pro and get consistent wins; you need to master certain strategies.

The pros always consider the odds for their win before making the bet. They master the strategies and know beforehand when to raise or lower the bets in order to reduce loses while maximizing the returns.

Some of the casinos online or offline still do offer single or double deck blackjack. However, most now use a shoe that has six or eight decks.

The important point to note is the casinos that use multiple decks offers pay outs at 3:2, which is quite good. Many casinos pay out at 6:5 with odds heavily favoring them, which are not good for you.

A simple blackjack strategy is that if you got an ace then you have many options before you, depending on your second card. For example, if 8 or 9 is your second card, then you should "Stand", if it 6 or below, then you should call for "Hit" and if it is seven, watch what the dealer has and then decide.

There are things like splitting a pair and double down that you need to learn about to play the blackjack successfully. In order to maintain consistent wins you need to master more advanced strategies like card counting.

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