Blackjack Rules Explained
Blackjack Rules Basics
- The game objective is to beat the house without exceeding 21;
- If you exceed 21 – you lose, regardless of what’s on the dealer hand;
- Each player (maximum 7) starts to play with two cards;
- One of the dealer’s card is located face-down;
- If you get Ace and 10/J/Q/K combination from the beginning – congratulations it’s a blackjack! The pay outs depend on the casino;
- Blackjack is played at a semicircular table;
- When the game starts – players make their bets and place them in the “betting box”;
- The player who sits in front of the “betting box” is a controlling one (dealer consults him regarding play decisions);
- One person can’t play on more than one table simultaneously or make multiple bets within the single box;
- Mostly there’re from 2 to 8 decks, which may be dealt from – dealer’s hands, shoe or shuffling machine.
Blackjack rules options
This just means you can have one more card without increasing a bet.
This option simply allows you to stay with your hand without asking for any additional cards.
It’s an opportunity to double the bet. But if you do so – you have to take one more card. Of course, in order to go with this option – you have to be quite sure about your odds.
If you have two identic cards (regardless of the suit), you can split them into 2 hands. But you have to remember that in split hands 10/J/Q/K + Ace combination doesn’t count for a blackjack!
This option is sometimes offered by the casinos. The whole point is if you don’t like the hand, you can refuse from the further play. In this case, you’ll get a half of your bet back. But it’s better to have at least a half of the money back than loosing everything.
Simply to say, insurance is a bet you can make if the dealer has an Ace as a face up card. You win it if a dealer has a blackjack. It’s not recommended to go with it, unless you’re counting cards.