Welcome to the Droid Slot’s guide on how to play blackjack. In this video we’ll run through the basic rules you need to remember for playing blackjack. If you follow these rules, you should be on your way to improving your game. The set up of the game is you versus the dealer. The game is played with one or more standard decks of 52 playing cards. The aim of the game is to get a higher value on your cards than the dealer’s, whilst never going over 21 total.
Every card is worth a certain value. Numbered cards are worth the value they display. Face cards are worth 10 and aces are worth 1 or 11, depending on whichever is most beneficial to the player. Every game starts with both the dealer and the player receiving two cards. The players cards are both face up, the dealer has one face down and another face up.
The aim of the game is for the player to reason if they can win the game based solely on knowing the dealer’s one card. The main piece of advice to remember is this. The aim of the game is not to get closest to 21, but to beat the dealer. If you follow this advice, you are on the way to winning. You typically have 2 choices at the start of each standard game.
Hit or Stand. Hit – When you want to receive another card, you hit. A player can hit any number of times but, if a card puts their total over 21, they bust and lose the round.
Stand – When you stand it means you will stop receiving cards and this will initiate the dealer’s turn. When the player stands, the dealer can then begin their move, revealing their unturned card and then potentially ‘hitting’ for additional cards themselves. The dealer’s moves – When drawing cards the dealer has to follow a few rules that the player doesn’t. The dealer must continue to take cards if he has 16 or under, and must stand once he hits 17 or over. This means that even if the dealer has 16, he still has to take another card, so may still go over 21. Push – This is an outcome of the game if the dealer and player have equal scores at the end.
If the dealer matches the player the amount is pushed. This means the game is forfeit and no one wins. Your stake is returned and the following game is not affected.
The player has access to special moves that the dealer doesn’t. Insurance, surrenders, doubles and splits. Using these wisely can give you a real advantage.
Insurance – At the start of the game, if the dealer’s visible card is an ace, you may put down an insurance bet. This way the player is effectively betting that the dealer WILL get a blackjack. This is independent of the main bet and usually has a payout of 2:1, so if the player bets £1 they will receive £2 if the dealer did draw blackjack. It is an additional side bet to the game and not linked to the original bet if you do go on to win or lose the hand.
Surrender Alternatively, some casinos offer the player a surrender. By surrendering, the player throws away half their bet immediately, but get to keep the other half of it. You lose the round, but only lose half as much. Doubles – A player may double their bet and receive one further card before standing.
The player has increased their bet, but once they double they can only draw one further card, after which they must stand. A double can be made on any hand. Splitting – When the player receives 2 cards of the same kind, they can split.
This effectively means that you are then playing 2 hands at once, adding an equal stake to the second hand. If you win on both then you will end up with twice the winnings. If only one hand wins then you will end the round even.
If aces are split, the player typically only gets to draw 1 card on each hand, after which they have to stand. Blackjack – The blackjack is the “instant win” of the game. If your first two cards equal 21, which would have to include an ace and any card worth 10, then you win the round. Blackjack wins typically pay out at 3:2, so you win more than a regular win. If you’d bet £1, you walk away with £2.50 after a blackjack win. It is unlikely to happen often but when it does, you can usually beat the dealer immediately without waiting for his draw.
The one exception is when the dealer has a face up ace or ten valued card. Here the dealer may have also drawn blackjack and, if this is the case, the round will end as a push. So those are the basic rules of Blackjack.
Next time we’ll go into deeper strategies, so you can become a blackjack master in no time. But for now you know the basic rules to play the game. Best of luck at the tables! If you enjoyed this video, then please check out other videos on our channel; like and subscribe to be the first to know about future guides aaand follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all of your casino news and promotions needs. We will keep bringing you all you need to know to gamble smart.
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