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1 example:

5 + 7 + 9 = 21, so this hand has a value of 21

2 example:

10 + 10 = 20, so this hand has a value of 20

3 example:

9 + 3 + 10 = 22, so this hand is a "bust". Any hand that goes over 21 "breaks", or is "busted", and is an automatic loser

4 example:

This hand is valued at 7 or 17, also known as a "soft" 17

5 example:

Now our hand is 17, since 1 + 6 + 10 = 17. We no longer have the option to count the Ace as 11, because that would go over 21. (This hand is now a hard 17, despite having an Ace in it.)

6 example:

Now our hand is "10 or 20", a soft 20. Twenty is a great hand, so we would stop there

A Guide To Blackjack Rules- Let's Get Started

Popularly known as 21 in Vegas casinos, blackjack is a game that is popular throughout the world, and there won't be a single casino in the world where you won't find it being played. A prime reason for that is the simplicity of the game and the rules & regulations governing it. Let's get a better understanding of these.

The basics

Blackjack is played with decks of 52 cards (minus the jokers) and up to 8 decks of cards can be used together. Big casinos use a large number of decks so that the game can be played at a quick pace and so that they don't have to reshuffle often.

The game is played on a traditional blackjack table with the dealer facing all the players who sit next to each other. Very often the rules of a particular table, like the minimum & the maximum bet are displayed clearly on the table itself. Like any other game in a casino you need chips to play the game with and those can be procured upon making a deposit. When you play online though you can make use of bonus signup offers to get some free chips from an online casino.

Blackjack gameplay

The game starts with all the players on the table making their bets. It's important to remember that unlike in other card games, players at a blackjack table are not playing against each other but only against the dealer. Each player must make at least the minimum bet that is required to be made at each table.

After that the dealer hands every player two cards that are put face up. He or she takes two cards to their side also, one of which is face up while the second one is facing down. The face down card is also known as the "hole" card. Once the cards have been dealt to a player, he or she can choose to "stand", i.e. not ask for another card or take a "hit", i.e. ask for a new card in an attempt to get the total value of their hand to 21 or as close to it without going bust (going over 21).

Card values

Cards between 2-9 hold their pip value while face cards are valued at 10. Aces on the other hand can have a value of 1 or 11 depending on the situation.

How does one win?

The ultimate aim of the game is to get a blackjack. That is, a face card and an ace. This hand cannot be beaten and if the dealer and the player both have a blackjack then it's called a "push" situation, similar to a tie where the player neither wins or loses any money.

The idea of the game is not just to have a hand totaling 21 though. It's to ensure that your hand beats the dealer's hand. At the same time the total of your hand should not go over 21. For example, if the dealer has two cards totaling 17 (say a jack and 7) and you have cards totaling 18 (say a 9, 5, and 4) then your hand beats the dealer's even though you have an extra card. In most cases, the dealer is required to stay when on 17 and hit when less than that. Any other hands with totals values of 21 are considered good hands with a great chance of winning.

Additional rules

When initially dealt a hand, a player can choose to go double down. That is, increase their bet by exactly 100% in return for receiving an additional card. After this, the player cannot ask for any extra cards and must stand on that hand.

Another popular concept in blackjack gameplay is that of "split". If the initial hand dealt to a player contains two cards of the same value, then the player has the option of splitting them into two hands and a second bet equal to the amount of the first bet needs to be placed for the second hand. The player then proceeds to play out both the hands in a normal fashion.

As you can see the rules of the game are very simple however to better your chances of money you must learn gaming strategies and practice the game a lot. Thankfully many casinos provide no deposit signup offers, allowing you to do that at minimal cost.