An introduction to playing Blackjack
Intro To Blackjack Rules
When you play online Blackjack, there is a set of Blackjack rules to adhere to which guarantee fairness in the event of a win or loss, all in an orderly manner. For instance, one basic rule, depending on the casino you are playing at, is the minimum wager amount. This figure applies to each and every player at the table and it ensures that there is fairness to all Blackjack players. Usually, there is a minimum and maximum wager that is set.
After deciding on the wager amount as per the table limits, the next thing is picking the cards once they are drawn by the dealer. As a player, Blackjack rules say once the cards are drawn, you have the option of picking more cards through Double Down, Split, Stand, or Hit. Depending on the casino, you can also take insurance in the event the dealer has drawn their cards and manages to land an Ace as the first card. This increases the house edge which already stands at 5%.
Understanding Blackjack Rules To Improve Your Game
Since as per the Blackjack rules you and the dealer both have a card facing down and another facing up, the dealer, who has a house edge, is always bound to start. This means that the dealer turns the face down card up to start play. Every Blackjack hand dictates that once you turn your card up, your hand should be closest to, or exactly at 21, for you to win.
For a straight forward win, you need to land a Blackjack which is a card with a value of 10 points that is either a King, Queen, or a Jack, plus an Ace, whose value can be either a ‘1’ or ’11’.
Blackjack Rules - Basic Payouts
If a dealer lands a hand score of 15 and your cards tally to 19, then you are the outright winner. In such an event, the payout is at 1:1 on your initial wager. By this, it means that if you wagered 50, then the dealer gives you an additional 50, so you now have a total of 100.
If you land a Blackjack which is a 10 point card and an Ace, then in most cases, this pays out at 3:2. So, if you wagered 50, then the dealer will give you a return of 75, meaning you have 125 to wager on the next round.
The aforementioned Blackjack rules are just the basic ones which every beginner should know before making their first wager in Blackjack. However, there are some more detailed Blackjack rules which are key when you plan on implementing strategies.
One of the more common strategies used by players is the insurance approach which is well covered within the Blackjack rules. It relies heavily on the dealer’s face up card, because if it is an Ace, it gives the casino a much higher house edge. Plus, an almost guaranteed win in such a scenario. So, you can actually bet whether the face down card will land the dealer a Blackjack.
If you get the dealer’s face down card right, then the insurance wager will be equal to your original bet, thereby, protecting you from a likely loss. In fact, this bet is paid out at 2:1 meaning that if you wagered 50, and you win, then you get 100 and now have an impressive 150 total for your next wager. Most important is that if you get it wrong, the 2:1 ratio helps you break even, giving you another chance to play on your initial wager.
A Blackjack strategy is doubling down, which you employ when you are sure that your hand will beat the dealer’s. As per the Blackjack rules, you can double your original bet while acquiring another card from the dealer. These basic rules can help you employ your strategies much better and give you a better chance of beating the dealer’s hand, so it is always essential to understand and remember them.
In Blackjack, if the dealer has a better hand and your chances of winning is less than half, then you can always give up. When you do this, you can reclaim half your bet and in this scenario, it is called a surrender. A split is only possible when you get two identical cards on your first hand. For instance, if you get two 7’s you can split them and wager on a new hand, enabling you to play with both hands.