Black Jack is one of the most popular card games. Aside poker, it’s one of the most played games in a casino. If you are going to be playing, you may want to learn a few tricks on how to play blackjack.
Blackjack is a casino card game
whose goal is to beat the dealer. It’s unlike poker where you’re playing against other players. In blackjack, it’s all about your game against the dealer. How do you beat the dealer? Get closest to 21 than the dealer without going over 21. That’s why the game is also called 21.
#If you get closer to 21 than the dealer, you win.
#The dealer gets closer to 21 than you, you lose.
#You go over 21, you lose right away.
Let take an example. Imagine we have a deck of cards. Here 2 through 10 are simply going to be their point value. That’s means a 2 is worth 2 points and a 10 worth 10 points.
A Jack, Queen and King are also going to be worth 10 points so 10 Jack Queen and King are all ten value cards and then an ace is unique in that it can be a 1 or an 11 whichever is going to be the best for the hand ace.
Both the player and the dealer get two cards but the dealer only shows one card while the other card is kept facedown. At this point the player always goes first and they have an option to take more cards or to stay. They actually have a few other decisions, we’ll get to but they always go first and decide if they want more cards or to stay with a goal of getting closer to 21 than the dealer without going over.
Assuming the player has an 18 and decides to stay and the dealer has a 16. And since he has to hit. The dealer does and have a 17. He has no choice but to hit then, now he has a 17 and even though the dealer has a worse hand than the player the dealer has to stay at 17. And so the player is going to win this round.
There are three outcomes for payouts if the player wins they get paid an equal amount to what they had just bet. If they lose they lose their entire bet. If they push which is to get the same point value as the dealer then they don’t win or lose and the next round begins.
There’s another way that you can win at blackjack automatically and that’s if you’re dealt a ‘blackjack’ or what we call ‘natural’.
It works like this. If you’re dealt an ace and a 10 value card as your first two cards we call that a blackjack and as long as the dealer doesn’t also have a blackjack you win automatically.
The 3 To 2 Rule
The 3 to 2 rule states that you are going to get a 2 for every 3 you bet. So if are betting N300, it’s gonna get paid N450 which is 3 to 2 or 150%.
But beware because there are some greedy casinos out there that have started to offer a inferior form of blackjack where it doesn’t pay 3 to 2 it pays 6 to 5 or even paying even money which would be paying like a normal hand and you don’t want to play those games ever because a big part of you not having a large disadvantage from the casino.
So let’s deal some example rounds. Imagine three players. One has 17, the other 18 and third 19. What happens if the dealer has a 18?
The second player has a 19 which beats the dealer’s 18 so he’s going to win and then this third player has an 18 which is the same as the dealer’s hand so that would be a push they don’t win or lose.
In the second example here, this first player has a 12 against the 7. If they they were to hit further, he would have 22, that went over 21 he’s going to lose right away regardless of what the dealer ends up getting.
But right now he has 19. Assuming the dealer has a 13 he has to hit and the dealer also went over 21 so this 19 is going to win. This is really important because the player always plays first, if both the player and the dealer bust, the player loses. That’s is getting over 21 always results in a loss. That’s a big part of how the casino gets the advantage of blackjack. It’s not cheating, that’s how to play blackjack.
The player is dealt a boom blackjack and with the blackjack as long as the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack the player wins right away but not only did they win right away but they get paid just like this says.
Blackjacks pay 3 to 2, the player is going to get paid three chips to his two or a hundred and fifty percent and that doesn’t matter if you’re betting $5 or $5,000 you get paid a hundred and fifty percent of your bet.
When you get a blackjack and that’s really important because that’s part of how the player can try to regain the advantage against the casino. The player needs that extra 50% on Blackjacks to even have a fighting chance against the casino.
Now You Know
Blackjack is gambling so it should be dealt as such. It should be regarded as fun. Now that you know how to play blackjack, gamble responsibly. Good luck to you.