How to Play Blackjack


Blackjack is a game of chance that is played with a deck of cards. The goal is to beat the dealer by obtaining a total card value of 21. The player has two cards, and the dealer has one. If the player has a card total of 21 on the first two cards, it is called “blackjack.”

It is possible to hit or stand. A player can also double down. However, there are restrictions on certain combinations. For example, a player cannot split an ace and a ten. This is because the Ace counts as either one or eleven.

Players should take turns as the dealer. The dealer’s cards are face down. One of the dealer’s cards is checked to see if it is a Blackjack. In most cases, a blackjack occurs less than one tenth of the time.

Before playing, players must place their bets. If a player wins, they get their original bet back. If a player loses, they lose their bet.

Players can split their hands. The first hand is dealt face down, and the second hand is dealt on top of it. Depending on the rules at the casino, the second hand can be stood or doubled. Some casinos restrict the ranks of cards that can be split.

A hand consisting of an ace and a ten is called a natural. Typically, a player will be paid three to two for a natural. However, some casinos limit the player to doubling on a split pair. Alternatively, a player can resplit aces. Resplitting an ace reduces the house edge by 0.03%.

Blackjack has been popular for centuries. It was especially popular in France and Spain. Modern day Blackjack is played with a standard international deck of cards. There are several variants of the game, including single-deck, double-deck, and 4 or 6 or 8-deck games. The most common payout for blackjacks is six to five, but a few casinos offer a reduced payout. Since 2003, single-deck blackjacks in Las Vegas have been paying a payout of one to one.

Aside from the main bet, players may place a side bet known as Insurance. This is a wager that the dealer has a Blackjack. Once the dealer checks for Blackjack, the Insurance bet wins. Normally, the insurance bet pays at two to one, but a player can bet as much as half of their bet on this side bet.

Another side bet is the Dealer Match bet. This pays when the player’s cards match the dealer’s up card. Most often, the player’s Blackjack will win. Other times, the dealer will bust.

In addition to the main bets, players can also make insurance and early surrender bets. An early surrender is when the player chooses to lose a half of their wager before the dealer checks for Blackjack. Usually, the player is allowed to do this only if the dealer does not have Blackjack. Likewise, a late surrender is when the player chooses to lose their bet after the dealer has checked for Blackjack.