Basic Rules of Blackjack

Blackjack is a card game played between players and a dealer. The objective of the game is to get a hand closer to 21 than the dealer, without going over. Each card has a different value; face cards (Jack, Queen, King) are worth 10 and aces are worth either 1 or 11. The game is usually played on a semicircular table that can accommodate varying numbers of players. Players place a bet before the cards are dealt. Once the bets are placed, the dealer deals each player two cards face up. Then the player decides whether to “hit” and receive more cards or “stand” and keep his/her current hand. If a player’s hand is closer to 21 than the dealer’s, they win. If the player and dealer have equal values, it’s a tie, and the player’s original bet is returned to them.

The dealer then draws another card for his/her hand. If the dealer’s hand has a value close to 21, all remaining players who didn’t bust win immediately. If the dealer’s hand exceeds 21, all players who didn’t bust lose their bet. If the dealer’s hand has ace, the player may take an insurance bet for half of their original bet. This bet pays 2-1 if the dealer has a blackjack.

A player who has two cards of the same value may split them and play each hand independently. However, splitting aces is not allowed in all versions of the game.

After all the players have decided whether to hit or stand, the dealer will reveal his/her face down card. The dealer then hits or stands according to predetermined rules. If the dealer doesn’t have a blackjack, all remaining players who didn’t bust will win their bets back.

Some casinos reduce the payout for Blackjack to 6 to 5, which increases the house edge and makes card counting useless. It is important to read the rules of the game posted on the table before you begin playing.

Many amateur players believe that blackjack is a game of chance, but the truth is that there are certain techniques which can give you a legal advantage over the dealer. These techniques require good memory, and some knowledge of probability theory. This article will introduce you to the basic rules of blackjack, and help you learn some of the etiquette of this fascinating game. However, blackjack is also a test of your mental abilities and determination to succeed. So, let’s begin! Good luck!