How to Play Blackjack for Beginners

How to Play Blackjack for Beginners

Here the deal ends with the dealer bust, so the dealer has paid out on all the unbust hands belonging to the players. Once all such side bets are placed, the dealer looks at the hole card. If it is a ten-card, it is turned up, and those players who have made the insurance bet win and are paid double the amount of their half-bet - a 2 to 1 payoff. When a blackjack occurs for the dealer, of course, the hand is over, and the players' main bets are collected - unless a player also has blackjack, in which case it is a stand-off.

But here I will show and explain the most common ones. Once the cards are dealt, each player decides whether to hit or stand.

This decision must be made without seeing the dealer’s full hand, as their second card is normally dealt face-down.

Insurance is invariably not a good proposition for the player, unless they are quite sure that there are an unusually high number of ten-cards still left undealt. At a casino's blackjack table, being mute would go entirely unnoticed.

The sixes become separate hands and both hands are automatically dealt additional cards, so that there'll be two cards in both hands. You'll have to place an additional bet since you now have two blackjack hands to play. The value of the additional bet must be equal to the original bet.

You'll be able to either 'hit' or 'stand' in both of the hands. In some games, you'll be allowed to double down after having 'split' your hand.

Once all players at the table have as many cards as they want, or have busted, it is the dealer’s turn to play. They will play following rules set by the casino, regarding when to hit and when to stand. All hands are then compared to the dealer’s hand and any winnings are paid out.

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In European casinos, "no hole card" games are prevalent; the dealer's second card is neither drawn nor consulted until the players have all played their hands. For example, virtually all players of 21 will split a pair of Aces by placing an additional bet to create two potentially winning hands. After receiving two more cards, the player determines whether to hit or stand with each of the two hands he or she now has. You can 'split' when you have two cards of the same value, such as two 6's.

If you decide to take the hit, the dealer will toss down a card face-up in front of you. You can either indicate that you want another hit or that you want to stand.
If your hand is blackjack, turn your cards face-up to show the dealer what you have. If you're playing for chips, you will immediately receive a payout at this point and the game continues with the other players.

In fact, you'd blend into the crowd more if you never opened your mouth.For hitting, either tap the table with a finger or two or scrape the table with the edge of your cards. For standing, place your chips on top of your cards, face down or wave your hand palm down horizontally over your cards.

Players can reduce the casino advantage to a little percentage by playing basic Blackjack strategy because blackjack has an element of human choice. This determines when to hit or to stand, and also determines when to double down or split. The basic strategy is based on the dealer's visible card and the player's point.

There are little variations depending from the house rules and from the number of the decks. There are many tables, for different numbers of decks and different sets of rules.

This shows the table after the initial bets have been placed and the cards have been dealt. This player originally bet 200 units (two black chips) was dealt a total of 11 (6+5) and doubled down, betting another 200. They were then dealt a King for a total of 21, which will win unless the dealer also makes 21.
This player has split a pair of Sixes and received an Six and an Ace, and then split the new pair of Sixes receiving a Five and a Jack and creating three hands. The player has doubled down on the 6+5 hand but unfortunately received only a 2 as the third card for this hand.

If the dealer also has a blackjack, the play is called a push. You keep your original bet, but you don't win anything more.