how to play blackjack
Blackjack Basic Strategy
The objective of Blackjack is to get as close to 21 than the dealer,
without going over.
Picture cards are worth 10 and Aces are worth either 1 or 11.
If your hand is closer to 21 than the dealer you win.
Conversely, if the dealer is closer to 21 than your hand, you lose.
If both hands are equal then it's a 'push' and you get your original stake returned.
If you have a hand that's above 21, you lose (a 'bust')- regardless of what the
You begin by placing your stake on the table.
You'll receive 2 cards face up and the dealer will receive one card
face up and one card face down. You make your next decision depending on your current hand -
and often depending on the dealer's face up card.
Requesting another card. You can 'hit' as often as you like, but if your hand goes over
21, you've bust and lose the hand.
You receive no more cards and your hand will be judged against the dealer.
If you have two cards of the same number (eg 2x8's) you can split your cards into 2
hands and play each hand separately. In order to do this, you'll need to duplicate your
original stake onto the second hand and then each hand will be played out normally.
The rules of the game will identify how many times you can split a hand, but its usually once.
If you decide to double, you have to double your stake money and you will receive one
extra card. Doubling is popular for certain 2-card totals (see Basic Strategy)
Whenever the dealer's up-card is an ace, you are allowed to take insurance.
If you think the dealer's card will be a 10 (ie Blackjack), then you can place a side-bet
of half your original stake as insurance. If the dealer does have a 10, you'll receive
2-to-1 on your insurance bet, but the original stake is lost - unless you also have Blackjack.
This would be a push.
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