What Does a Blackjack Dealer Do?


Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. Its rules are simple, and the game is easy to learn. However, the skill of a blackjack dealer can make the difference between winning and losing. Blackjack dealers must have good hand-eye coordination and be able to count quickly and accurately. They also need to be able to communicate with players clearly. In addition, they must have confidence in order to interact with customers and encourage them to play.

A blackjack dealer’s responsibilities are to distribute cards to the players, take their bets, and pay them out. They must be able to count the value of the cards quickly, which is important in order to keep the pace of the game. They must also be able to answer questions about the game and its rules.

In addition, blackjack dealers must be able to deal with customers and other staff members in a professional manner. They may be required to interact with a large number of people during the course of their shift, so they must be able to remain calm and friendly in stressful situations. They must also be able to keep track of the game’s betting limits and payouts.

The origins of blackjack are unknown, but it was probably invented in the early 1700s in France. The game was then called Vingt-et-Un, which means “twenty-one.” Its modern name is a contraction of its French name.

A player’s goal is to get closer to 21 than the dealer. If a player’s hand is equal to 21, it is known as a “blackjack” or a “natural,” and it pays 3:2 on the bet. A blackjack is only possible if the player has an Ace and a ten-value card as their first two cards.

If the player is not satisfied with their current hand, they can ask for an additional card (‘hit’). They can continue hitting until they are satisfied or they go over 21 and bust. The dealer then reveals their cards and either stands or draws more cards until they have a hard total of 17 or higher.

There are several types of side bets in blackjack, including insurance and the “even money” bet. These side bets can greatly increase a player’s bankroll, but they are not as lucrative as the main blackjack wager. In the last 20 years, side bets have become increasingly popular in blackjack. There are many different types of side bets available, including betting on the dealer having a blackjack, betting on the dealer’s up-card being a 10, betting on whether the player’s card will form a poker hand with the dealer’s up-card, and more.

A player’s blackjack strategy should include splitting aces and eights, doubling down against any dealer card other than an ace, and always playing a hard hand against the dealer’s up-card. In addition, a player should never split 10’s or faces. A blackjack gained by doubling down is paid 1:1, but it eliminates the possibility of a dealer having a ten-card.